Known for his intellect and ability to grapple with complex issues, Kemp has complemented his ardent constituent advocacy with pivotal state legislation, particularly in the areas of good government, business, and health care.
As an attorney and policy wonk, Kemp has chaired numerous task forces, civic programs, and charitable endeavors. He has served as chairman of the prestigious Senate committees on Health and Housing, and he is regarded as the spearheading force behind both the reauthorization of the Health Care Reform Act and the development of New York's Assisted Living Program. Additionally, he helped the state enact several popular health programs including Child Health Plus, Healthy New York, Family Health Plus, the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Program, early intervention efforts, and insurance coverage for autism, prostate and breast cancer screenings.
A lifelong resident of Nassau County, Kemp was called to public service at an early age. He is a graduate of Chaminade High School, Boston College, and Fordham Law School. He and his wife, Bronwyn, reside in Garden City with their twin daughters, Alexandra and Madeleine.