Boehner: Kemp was a thinker, a doer and a patriot

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) released the statement below on the passing of former Rep. Jack Kemp.
"Like millions of Americans I was saddened to learn of Jack Kemp's illness, and I am saddened by news of his passing. Jack Kemp inspired a generation of conservatives with his unyielding commitment to freedom and free-market policies. He articulated a vision of America that placed opportunity and freedom for all ahead of government and bureaucracy. In announcing his presidential campaign, he said of America's destiny, 'There are no limits to our future if we don't put limits on our people.' He pioneered innovative solutions for America's economy and co-authored, along with the late Senator William Roth, the tax rate reductions of President Ronald Reagan's Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981.

"Jack Kemp was a thinker, a doer, and an American patriot who lived an extraordinary life. He was a champion football player, a Member of Congress, a Cabinet secretary, and a vice-presidential nominee. I send condolences to Jack's wife Joanne and their children and grandchildren."

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