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Ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush honored by Kemp Foundation

WASHINGTON – The Jack Kemp Foundation on Monday gave its annual leadership award to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who may or may not be a leading candidate for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 2016.

Bush served as governor for two terms and has been forging a mainstream conservative image as the next presidential election approaches.

“It is a great tribute to my dad and the Jack Kemp Foundation that so many respected leaders are coming together to honor Gov. Bush, to highlight the American Idea and advance the cause,” said James Kemp, president of the Jack Kemp Foundation.

Kemp, a Republican from Hamburg, represented Western New York in Congress from 1971 to 1989. He died in 2009.

The foundation honored Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., with its leadership award in 2011, and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., last year.