Wisconsin's 1st District Congressman Paul Ryan issued the following statement on the passing of his friend and mentor, Jack Kemp:
"Jack Kemp brought unparalleled passion and vigor to his life's work of expanding opportunity for all. His commitment to others was embodied in his development and promotion of empowering ideas. Jack's infectious optimism and sincere inclusiveness - in both his personal and public life - left a lasting impression on me.
"I will forever appreciate Jack's contributions to this nation and the guidance he provided me. I was blessed to have worked for him, learned from him, and been inspired by him. My thoughts and prayers remain with Jack's wife Joanne and the rest of the Kemp family."