Jack Kemp Dead at 73

May 3, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Jack Kemp, the former pro quarterback football star turned congressman has died of cancer at age 73.   His spokeswoman Bona Park said he died at his home in Washington.

Kemp was a quarterback for the San Diego Chargers in the early 1960s. He then went on to play with the Buffalo Bills, where he led the team to two American Football League championships in 1964 and 1965.

He retired from football in the late 1960s and was able to use his prominence to win an election to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served the Buffalo, N.Y. area from 1971 to 1988.

Kemp was known as a tax-cutting Republican who described himself as a “bleeding-heart conservative”.

He represented western New York for nine terms in Congress, then failed in a presidential bid in 1988.

He became housing secretary under the first President Bush, but also failed in a bid for vice-president as Bob Dole’s running-mate in 1996.


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