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Jack Kemp

Football Player + Quarterback + U.S. Congressman
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Jack French Kemp was an American politician and a collegiate and professional football player. A Republican, he served as Housing Secretary in the administration of President George H. W. Bush from 1989 to 1993, having previously served nine terms as a congressman for Western New York's 31st congressional district from 1971 to 1989. He was the Republican Party's nominee for Vice President in the 1996 election, where he was the running mate of presidential nominee Bob Dole.… Read More

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    Let's Talk About Love Seriously
    Huffington Post - Jan 21, 2016
  • It's The American Dream, Stupid
    Wall Street Journal - Jan 08, 2016
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    Tax Revolt Could Haunt Texans
    Huffington Post - Nov 16, 2015
  • Arts Beat: Shelley Poem, 200 Years Later, Returns To Oxford
    NYTimes - Nov 11, 2015

Timeline

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CHILDHOOD

1935 Birth Born on July 13, 1935.

TEENAGE

1953 17 Years Old After graduating from high school in 1953, he attended Occidental College, a founding member of the NCAA Division III Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. … Read More

TWENTIES

Kemp graduated from Occidental in 1957 and married Joanne Main, his college sweetheart, after she graduated from Occidental in 1958. … Read More
1959 - 1961 4 More Events
In 1962, Kemp broke his middle finger two games into the season and was unable to play. … Read More
1963 27 Years Old In 1963, Kemp led the Bills from a slow start to a tie for the AFL Eastern Division lead with a 7–6–1 record. … Read More
Kemp was said to be the "clubhouse lawyer" for the Bills because of his role in mediating conflicts. In 1964, he managed personalities such as Gilchrist, who walked off the field when plays were not being called for him, and Saban, whom he kept from cutting Gilchrist the following week. … Read More

THIRTIES

1966 30 Years Old Following the championship game, Saban resigned to coach the University of Maryland and defensive coordinator Joe Collier was promoted to head coach for the 1966 season. … Read More
1967 31 Years Old 1 More Event
The 1967 Bills endured a 4–10 1967 AFL season, in which Kemp was not named to the All-Star game for the first time in his AFL career. … Read More
1968 32 Years Old During the scrimmage, Ron McDole fell on Kemp's right knee and injured it, forcing Kemp to sit out the entire 1968 season. … Read More
Despite Kemp's return from injury and the arrival of running back O. J. Simpson, the Bills only compiled a 4–10 record during the 1969 season under new coach John Rauch.
1970 34 Years Old 1 More Event
After the January 17, 1970, AFL All-Star game, Kemp returned home and talked to his wife before deciding to enter politics. … Read More

FORTIES

1976 - 1978 3 More Events
1979 44 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1979, Kemp wrote An American Renaissance (ISBN 0-06-012283-8), to deliver his message that "A rising tide lifts all boats." … Read More
Kemp considered running for the U.S. Senate in 1980 and Hugh Sidey mentioned him as a contender to unseat Jimmy Carter in the 1980 presidential election and was a front runner for the vice presidency at the 1980 Republican National Convention, where he received 43 votes from conservative detractors of George H. W. Bush.
1982 - 1983 2 More Events
During the 1984 Convention, with Trent Lott as Republican Party Platform Committee chairman, Congressmen Kemp and Newt Gingrich claimed control of the party platform to the consternation of G.O.P. senators Bob Dole and Howard Baker. … Read More

FIFTIES

1985 - 1987 4 More Events
Kemp had previously contended for the presidential nomination in the 1988 Republican primaries. … Read More
…  A Republican, he served as Housing Secretary in the administration of President George H. W. Bush from 1989 to 1993, having previously served nine terms as a congressman for Western New York's 31st congressional district from 1971 to 1989.
1990 55 Years Old …  Sununu opposed it at first as did most of the Cabinet, but in August 1990 Sununu, at the urging of United States Attorney General Dick Thornburgh, encouraged President Bush to endorse Kemp's Economic Empowerment Task Force.
Generally, his time as housing secretary was considered unsuccessful. However, although he could not get federal funding for empowerment zones passed during his tenure, by 1992 38 states had created empowerment zones, and in 1994 $3.5 billion was approved for them under President Clinton. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

In January 1995, Kemp's stated reason for not entering the 1996 Republican Party presidential primaries was that his personal beliefs were out of balance with the contemporary Republican political landscape: Kemp opposed term limits, he always preferred tax cuts to anything resembling a balanced budget amendment and, unlike most Republicans, favored federal incentives to combat urban poverty.
He was the Republican Party's nominee for Vice President in the 1996 election, where he was the running mate of presidential nominee Bob Dole.
1997 62 Years Old 1 More Event
…  When a 1997 budget surplus was earmarked for debt repayment, Kemp opposed the plan in favor of tax cuts. … Read More
1998 - 2003 3 More Events
2005 70 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He resigned as Co-Chairman of Freedom Works in March 2005 after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) questioned his ties to Samir Vincent, a Northern Virginia oil trader implicated in the U.N. Oil-for-food scandal who pleaded guilty to four criminal charges, including illegally acting as an unregistered lobbyist of the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein.
2006 71 Years Old In 2006 Kemp, along with 2004 vice-presidential nominee John Edwards, co-chaired the Council on Foreign Relations task force on Russia, producing a document called "Russia's Wrong Direction: What the United States Can and Should Do". … Read More
2008 73 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 6, 2008, Kemp endorsed McCain in the 2008 Republican presidential primaries shortly before the New Hampshire primary, which surprised conservative Republican tax cutters. … Read More
…  Kemp was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009 by President Barack Obama. … Read More
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