Jack French Kemp was the American politician and an idealistic and professional football player. A Republican, he served as Housing Secretary in the management of President George H. W. Bush from 1989–93, having previously served nine terms as a Congressman for Western New York from 1971-89. He was the Republican Party's applicant for Vice President in the 1996 election, where he was the running-mate of presidential candidate Bob Dole. Kemp had before contended for the presidential nomination in the 1988 Republican primaries. Before incoming politics, Kemp was a professional quarterback for 13 years. He played momentarily in the National Football League (NFL) and the Canadian Football League (CFL), but become a star in the American Football League (AFL). He served as captain of both the San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills and earn the AFL Most expensive Player award in 1965 after leading the Bills to a second consecutive championship.
July 13, 1935
Los Angeles, California
Professional American football player;
May 2, 2009