Jack Kemp is a Distinguished Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a Washington, DC-based public interest group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government. His work at CEI centers on promoting rational, free-market environmental policies, and raising awareness of international efforts to curb economic growth.
Mr Kemp is also a co-director of Empower America, a public policy and advocacy organization he co-founded in 1993 with William Bennett, Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, Vin Weber, and Founding Chairman Ted Forstmann. Prior to 1993, he served for four years as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Jack Kemp received the Republican Party’s nomination for Vice President in August of 1996. In the previous year, Mr Kemp served as Chairman of the National Commission on Economic Growth and Tax Reform to study how major restructuring of the US tax code could help unleash the entrepreneurial spirit of Americans and grow the economy.
Before his appointment to the Cabinet, Mr Kemp represented the Buffalo area and Western New York for 18 years in the United States House of Representatives. He served for seven years in the Republican Leadership as Chairman of the House Republican Leadership Conference.
Jack Kemp came to Congress after 1 3 years as a professional football quarterback.