James Kemp Joins Patton Boggs as Director
James Kemp, founder and president of The Jack Kemp Foundation and former managing partner of Kemp Partners, both in Washington DC, has joined the law firm of Patton Boggs LLP as director, strategic business initiatives.
In this role, Mr. Kemp will work with Tom Keane, Patton Boggs' senior director, strategic business initiatives. He will focus on expanding business opportunities for Patton Boggs clients through a range of business development efforts.
Mr. Kemp brings a wealth of diverse experience to his position. In the fall of 2009, he founded The Jack Kemp Foundation, dedicated to the legacy of his father Jack Kemp, nine-term Republican Congressman and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President George H.W. Bush (1989-1993). Mr. Kemp currently serves as president of the foundation.
The foundation successfully secured the donation of Jack Kemp's papers to the Library of Congress and now manages The Kemp Legacy Project, comprising The Jack F. Kemp Collection at the Library of Congress, The Kemp Oral History Project and The Jack F. Kemp Chair in Political Economy at the Library of Congress. Under Mr. Kemp's leadership, the foundation also launched the Kemp Leadership Academy and the Kemp Forum in order to develop and engage exceptional leaders who champion the American Idea as articulated in the work of his late father.
In 2002, Mr. Kemp co-founded Kemp Partners. Kemp Partners provided government relations and corporate affairs services to emerging businesses as well as Fortune 500 companies from such vital sectors as finance, technology, defense, transportation and manufacturing.
"I am excited to join such a capable team. Having been a Patton Boggs client for the past 11 years, I've experienced firsthand the outstanding people, skills and thinking the firm brings to bear to solve complex legal and legislative issues," said Mr. Kemp.
"The world—and our nation in particular—is at a key juncture, and I can't think of a better firm to help clients seize today's legislative and legal opportunities, which are often cleverly disguised as insurmountable obstacles," he added.
Patton Boggs is also home to the Breaux-Lott Leadership Group, led by former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and former Louisiana Democratic Senator John Breaux, both longtime friends of the Kemp family.
"Senator Breaux and I are thrilled that Jimmy is joining Patton Boggs," commented Senator Lott. "Having known him for 30 years, I know that Jimmy will be a great asset—not just to our firm, but to our clients, who will benefit from Jimmy's passion for helping people across America build businesses that secure their futures."
In other positions, Mr. Kemp has served as executive vice president of Group 47, which markets DOTS, or Digital Optical Technology System, an archival digital storage media solution, since April 2011. In addition, Mr. Kemp spent eight seasons, from 1994 to 2002, as a quarterback in the Canadian Football League, finishing his career with the Toronto Argonauts.
Mr. Kemp serves as chairman of the board for the Hope Community Charter School in NE Washington DC. The school serves pre-k through grade eight, and Mr. Kemp helped found the school in September 2005.
Jimmy Kemp and his wife Susan reside in NW Washington DC and are the parents of four sons. He received his B.A. in history from Wake Forest University in 1993, where he was captain of the football team during his senior season.
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