Jack Kemp Memorial Service Is Friday

Posted May 7, 2009 at 11:08am

A memorial service for Jack French Kemp will be held 2 p.m. Friday at the Washington National Cathedral.

Cathedral officials said the service will be open to Kemp’s family, friends and former colleagues.

A bipartisan delegation led by House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) is expected to attend.

Charles Colson will give a tribute. Washington’s Episcopal Bishop John Bryson Chane will offer the invocation and benediction. Bethesda’s Fourth Presbyterian senior pastor, Dr. Robert Norris, will deliver the sermon.

Kemp was a professional football player, quarterbacking for the Buffalo Bills, before he joined Congress in 1971, representing western New York for nine terms. In 1989, President George H.W. Bush appointed Kemp secretary of Housing and Urban Development. In 1996, Kemp became the Republican vice presidential nominee.

Kemp died of cancer Saturday at age 73 at his home in Bethesda, Md.