Kemp sat from 1971 to 1989 for the U.S. state of New York in the House of Representatives of the United States. After him, U.S. President George HW Bush called in his cabinet, in which Kemp from 1989 to 1993 served as Minister of Construction. During the presidential campaign in 1996, he was Bob Dole's running mate - the candidate for the office of vice president - his party, the Republicans. Kemp described himself always as a " bleeding heart conservative " (English for: compassionate Conservative ). Paul Ryan, later running mate of Mitt Romney on the campaign trail in 2012 called Kemp as a mentor. During the election campaign in 1996 Ryan had worked as Kemp's speechwriter.
Jack Kemp was married to Joanne Main; they had two sons and two daughters.
He received the 1965 MVP award as captain of the Buffalo Bills.
- 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom
- An American Idea: Ending Limits to Growth, Goodrich, 1985
- An American Renaissance: Strategy for the 1980s, ISBN 0-06-012283-8, Harper & Row, 1979
- Trusting the People: The Dole - Kemp Plan to Free the Economy and Create a Better America, ISBN 0-694-51804-2 audiobook in 1996, along with Bob Dole
- Together We Can Meet the Challenge: Winning the Fight Against Drugs, ISBN 978-0-7881-0272-1, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 1994
- Pro Sports: Should the Government Intervene, ISBN 978-0-8447-2097-5, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1977?