Kemp was born in New Jersey. After graduating from vocational tech school he apprenticed as a steamfitter for four years. He worked as steamfitter for 37 years and is currently retired. He is proficient in all aspects of welding including shielded metal arc welding, Tig and Mig welding, and burning and cutting metal. Kemp is currently a resident of Hobe Sound where he enjoys the beach, surfing, fishing, boating, and tinkering.