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The Late Evan J. Kemp, Jr.

The Late Evan J. Kemp, Jr. was named Chairman of the U.S. Employment Opportunity Commission by President George H.W. Bush on March 8, 1990. He was first nominated as an EEOC commissioner by President Reagan in 1987, and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate that year. Chairman Kemp came to the EEOC as one of the nation’s leading advocates for persons with disabilities. During his first two and a half years, then-Commissioner Kemp played a major role in promoting credible and effective enforcement of the rights of all individuals under the equal employment laws EEOC enforces. As a member of the Bush Administration, Chairman Kemp worked closely with the White House in its consideration and ultimate endorsement of ADA. Before joining the EEOC, Chairman Kemp was selected to head the Ralph Nader sponsored Disability Rights Center, where he was a tireless spokesperson for the civil rights of people with disabilities. In his efforts to educate national policy makers on the importance of equal opportunity and self-determination for people with disabilities, Chairman Kemp worked to build coalitions with groups representing racial and ethnic minorities, women, and older persons working toward similar goals. After serving at the EEOC, Chairman Kemp spearheaded a group of investors who purchased a small wheelchair company. Within 10 years the firm became the largest home health equipment company in the United States. Chairman Kemp died on August 12, 1997 at the age of 60.