Jack Kemp, the former professional quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, republican congressman from New York’s 31 District, and the Republican vice-presidential candidate in 1996, has passed away today after a battle with cancer. He announced that he had been diagnosed with cancer in January of this year. He was 73 years old.
As an economic conservative, Kemp advocated low taxes and supply-side economics during his years in the House of Representatives. He was elected as head of the House Republican Conference in 1980, a position he held for seven years. His influence is seen in the Reagan agenda. He was also one of the authors of the Kemp–Roth tax cut.
He became the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President George H.W. Bush. He was in favor of “enterprise zones” in the inner city, where businesses would be given tax incentives to open businesses.