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In January, 1995, Jack Kemp announced that he would not seek the Republican presidential nomination for 1996. He said that his passion for ideas was not matched by a passion for fundraising. Many commentators said that his withdrawal was a huge loss for the Party and for the country, but that his influence would continue as a key spokesman for growth and opportunity, and ownership an reconciliation in America. In March, 1995, Senator Bob Dole and Speaker Newt Gingrich put Jack Kemp at the center of the tax and economic debate for the '96 campaign by naming him chairman of the National Commission on Economic Growth and Tax Reform to study how major restructuring of our tax code can help unleash the entrepreneurial spirit of Americans, grow the economy without inflation and create greater opportunity for people to escape poverty. Mr. Kemp currently serves on the Board of Directors of Empower America, a public policy and advocacy organization he co-founded in 1993 with William Bennet, Jeane Kirkpatrick and Vin Weber. Empower America is dedicated to three founding principles: expanding freedom and democratic capitalism around the world; promoting policies to expand economic growth, job creation, and entrepreneurship for our nation; and advancing social policies which empower people, not government bureaucracies. Prior to founding Empower America, Mr. Kemp served for four years as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and proved to be one of our nation's most innovative leaders in that role. He was the first and strongest advocate of Enterprise Zones to encourage entrepreneurship and job creation in impoverished neighborhoods and of expanding homeownership among the poor through resident management and ownership of public housing. Mr. Kemp also serves as a Distinguished Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity, the Opportunities Industrialization Centers, and was most recently elected to the Board of the Prestigious Howard University. In addition, he has been selected as Deputy Chairman of the International Democratic Union, a worldwide organization of political leaders of the "center-right," dedicated to advancing the cause of democracy, freedom, and free market economics. Before his appointment to the Cabinet, Mr. Kemp represented the Buffalo area and Western New York for nine terms in the United States House of representatives from 1971-1989. He served for seven years in the Republican Leadership as Chairman of the House Republican Leadership Conference. Jack Kemp came to Congress after 13 years as a professional football quarterback. He was elected captain of the San Diego Chargers from 1960 to 1962 and of the Buffalo Bills, a team he helped lead to the American Football League championship in 1964 and 1965 when he was named the league's most valuable player. He also co-founded the AFL Players Association and was five times elected president. Mr. Kemp is married to the former Joanne Main. They have four children-Jeffrey, Jennifer, Judith, and James-and nine grandchildren, and reside in Bethesda, Maryland.

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