Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

Nov. 3, 2008

Former U.S. Vice-Presidential Candidate Jack Kemp to Speak at Whitworth Nov. 7

WHAT: A lecture by Jack Kemp, former vice-presidential candidate and U.S. congressman.

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 7, at 11:45 a.m.

WHERE: Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth University

COST: Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-4577.

Jack Kemp ran for president of the United States in 1988, and in 1996 he ran alongside Sen. Bob Dole as the Republican candidate for vice president. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1971-89, representing the Buffalo area and western New York. He then served as secretary of housing and urban development under President George H.W. Bush. While in that post he pushed for the creation of Enterprise Zones that would encourage entrepreneurship and job creation in poor neighborhoods and expand homeownership among the poor through resident management and ownership of public housing.

In 1993, Kemp co-founded Empower America, a public policy and advocacy organization that focuses on expanding freedom and democratic capitalism worldwide; promoting policies to expand economic growth, job creation and entrepreneurship; and advancing social policies that empower individuals. Kemp also serves on a number of corporate and nonprofit boards and is a nationally syndicated columnist, focusing on economic issues, trade and foreign policy.

Prior to his political career, Kemp spent 13 years as a professional football quarterback. He was the captain of the San Diego Chargers as well as the Buffalo Bills, whom 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 in 1964 and was elected president for five terms.

Kemp's grandson, Kory Kemp, is a senior at Whitworth and was the starting quarterback for the football team until earlier this season, when he was sidelined with a broken leg.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Julia Stronks, professor of political science, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4577 or jstronks@whitworth.edu.

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or eproffitt@whitworth.edu.

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