Kemp Diagnosed With Cancer

Jan 7, 2009 7:56pm

ABC News’ Teddy Davis reports:

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Jack Kemp has been diagnosed with cancer, according to a statement released by his office.

Kemp has undergone tests to determine the origin of the disease and the options for continued treatment. He plans to continue to serve as chairman of Kemp Partners, a strategic consulting firm, and plans to remain involved in his business, charitable and politically-related activities.

Kemp has had a varied career which has taken him from being quarterback of the Buffalo Bills to the United States Congress to former President Bush’s Cabinet.

In 1988, he unsuccessfully sought the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. Eight years later, he received the Republican Party’s vice presidential nomination.

Former Sen. Bob Dole tapped Kemp to be his running mate in the hopes of buttressing his support among tax-cut conservatives who were suspicious of Dole’s emphasis on deficit reduction. Kemp had credibility with tax-cut conservatives because of his role in getting Reagan’s tax reductions through Congress.

Kemp was also attractive to Dole because of his fluency on issues of concern to urban America. At HUD, he authored the Enterprise Zones legislation to spur entrepreneurship and job creation in inner cities. From January 1993 until July 2004 he was co-director of Empower America, a Washington, D.C.-based public policy and advocacy organization he co-founded with former Education Secretary William Bennett and former U.N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick.

In March 2005, Kemp teamed up with former Sen. John Edwards to co-chair the Council on Foreign Relations’ Russia Task Force.

Kemp joined former Clinton HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros last month to release a report saying that U.S. housing still shows signs of racial segregation 40 years after civil rights laws to end unfair practices.

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