Jack Kemp to Speak at Occidental College on Nov. 17
Policy maker and national political leader Jack Kemp ’57 will speak at Occidental College on Friday, November 17. A question and answer session will follow Mr. Kemp’s presentation.
The 1996 vice presidential candidate and former secretary of Housing and Urban Development will speak from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Thorne Hall, 1600 Campus Road. At noon, Kemp will be the featured speaker at the Occidental College Speakers Forum luncheon at the Regal Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. An 11:30 a.m. reception in the hotel’s Gold Room will precede Kemp’s speech.
For more than 30 years in Congress, in the Cabinet, on the campaign trail and in the non-profit sector, Jack Kemp has compiled a distinguished record of public service. First elected to the House of Representatives in 1970, Kemp served for nine consecutive terms representing Buffalo and western New York.
He left Congress in 1988 to serve for four years as secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Bush administration, where he instituted badly needed reforms and tirelessly promoted urban renewal.
After stepping down from the cabinet, Kemp co-founded Empower America, the Washington, D.C.-based public policy group that addresses such issues as education reform, technology policy, tax reform, social security reform, and national defense. He was tapped to serve as Bob Dole’s running mate in the 1996 presidential election.
Kemp, a former editorial writer at the San Diego Union, is the author of “An American Renaissance: Strategies for the 1980s” and “The American Idea: Ending the Limits to Growth.”
Prior to entering public service, Kemp spent 13 years in professional football, playing quarterback for the San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills. He led the Bills to the American Football League championship in 1964 and 1965 when he was named the league’s most valuable player. At Occidental, he was an all-league quarterback and was named one of the country’s top small-college passers.