Kemp died Saturday of cancer at the age of 73.
BOND'S FULL STATEMENT:
"Jack Kemp is a role model for the future of the Republican party. A self described ‘bleeding-heart’ conservative, Jack worked across the aisle on some of the most important issues of our time, from civil rights to safe housing for all families. It was Jack who, along with the esteemed Dr. Benjamin Hooks, brought to the national stage the scourge of lead paint poisoning children in our cities. This initiative has brought great progress to St. Louis and other cities where families were affected with this avoidable tragedy. Countless initiatives to improve the lives of the most vulnerable and needy in our nation were made possible because of Jack's tireless advocacy. Jack was always a positive, forward-looking force for effective solutions. Linda and I are saddened by the loss of a gifted public servant and a friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Joanne and the rest of the Kemp family."