KEMP, Jack French

KEMP, Jack French
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


KEMP, Jack French, a Representative from New York; born in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., July 13, 1935; B.A., Occidental College, Los Angeles, Calif., 1957; United States Army Reserve, 1958-1962 (active duty, 1958); professional football player, 1957-1970; special assistant to the Governor of California, 1967; staff, Republican National Committee, 1969; elected as a Republican to the Ninety-second and to the eight succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1971-January 3, 1989); was not a candidate for renomination to the One Hundred First Congress in 1988; unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 1988; United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, 1989-1993; unsuccessful candidate for Vice President of the United States in 1996; died on May 2, 2009, in Bethesda, Md.

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: ca. 1964-2009 (bulk 1971-1988, 1996). The Jack F. Kemp Archival Collection chronicles Kemp’s political career with a major focus on the Congressional papers resulting from his nine terms as a member of the House of Representatives (1971-1989). The archives also holds records related to his service as chairman of the National Commission on Economic Growth and Tax Reform (1995), co-director of free market advocacy group Empower America, and as the Republican Party’s candidate for Vice President in 1996. The collection includes speeches, correspondence, voting records, calendars and travel schedules, campaign records, briefing books, press, photographs, film and video, ephemera, and memorabilia. There are some records pertaining to Kemp’s football career; namely, papers from his terms as president of the American Football League Players Association. The collection is currently being processed and is not open for research.

California State Library

Sacramento, CA
Papers: In the papers of Howard Jarvis, 1970-1986. Collection includes two interviews with Jack Kemp on videocassette.

The New Hampshire Political Library

Concord, NY
Papers: In the Jack Kemp Collection, ca. 1984-2000, 0.22 cubic foot. The Jack Kemp Collection contains mailings, invitations, newsletters, memos, brochures, newspaper articles (1985-1994), press statements (1994), speeches (1987-1994), correspondence with Hugh Gregg (1985-1991), printed matter, Christmas cards, and a photograph relating to Jack Kemp's career as a congressman, his chairmanship of Empower America, the American Free Enterprise Action Council, the Campaign for Prosperity, and his run for the presidency. Also includes a small amount of information on considered presidential campaigns in 1996 and 2000.

University of Kansas
Kansas Collection, Spencer Library

Lawrenceville, KS
Papers: In the Americans for the National Voter Initiative Amendment Ephemeral Materials, ca. 1979, 1 folder. The organization was founded by Jack Kemp in 1979. It supports the adoption of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution permitting direct voter action to initiate legislation at both the federal and state levels. Persons represented include Jack Kemp.
Papers: In the Campaign for Prosperity Ephemeral materials, 1984, 1 folder. Correspondents include Jack Kemp.
Papers: In the College Republican National Committee (U.S.) Ephemeral materials, ca. 1983, 2 folders. Other authors include Jack Kemp.
Papers: In the Congressional Policy Institute Ephemeral materials, ca. 1983, 1 folder. Other authors include Jack Kemp.

University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication

Norman, OK
Videocassettes: 1988, 17 commercials on 6 videocassettes and 1 commercial on 1 videocassette. The commercials were used during Jack Kemp's campaign for the 1988 presidential election, Republican Party.

Wisconsin Historical Society
Archives Division

Madison, WI
Papers: In the papers of Rowland Evans, Jr., and Robert D. Novak, 1945-2008, 145.4 cubic feet, photographs, tape recordings, videorecordings, DVDs. Collection includes transcribed audio or video interview with Jack Kemp.
Papers: In the papers of Thomas E. Petri, 1973-1978, 12 cubic feet. Correspondents include Jack Kemp. Collection is located at the Oshkosh Area Research Center of the Wisconsin Historical Society.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Aspin, Les and Jack F. Kemp. Realities of Soviet Power: Two Views. Washington, D.C.: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1978.

Daly, John Charles, et al. Pro Sports: Should Government Intervene?: A Round Table Held on February 22, 1977, and Sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. Washington, D.C.: The Institute, 1977.

Dole, Bob and Jack Kemp. Trusting the People: The Dole-Kemp Plan to Free the Economy and Create a Better America: Balance the Budget, Cut Taxes 15%, Raise Wages. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1996.

Kemp, Jack. The American Idea: Ending Limits to Growth. Edited by Marc Lipsitz. Washington, D.C.: American Studies Center, 1984.

___. An American Renaissance: Strategy For 1980's. New York: Harper and Row, 1979.

___. "Congressional Expectations of Salt II." Strategic Review 7 (Winter 1979): 16-25.

___. The Right Data. New York: National Review Book, 1994.

___. "Tax Reform, Jobs Creation, and Income Growth." In Can You Afford This House?, edited by David Treen, 187-195. Ottawa, Ill.: Green Hill Books, 1978.

___. "Tax Reform: The Key to Jobs Creation." In The Case Against the Reckless Congress, edited by Marjorie Holt, 37-47. Ottawa, Ill.: Green Hill Publishers, 1976.

Kemp, Jack and Ken Blackwell, eds. IRS vs. the People: Time for Real Tax Reform. Washington, D.C.: Heritage Foundation, 1999.

Kemp, Jack and Les Aspin. How Much Defense Spending is Enough? Washington, D.C.: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1976.

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Jack F. Kemp, Republican Representative from New York. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

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