|U.S. Senate, Arizona|
|Assistant Minority Leader/Minority Whip, United States Senate|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 8, 1994|
|United States House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||University of Arizona, 1964|
|Other||LLB, University of Arizona, 1966|
|Birthday||April 25, 1942|
|Place of birth||Oakland, NE|
Below is an abbreviated outline of Kyl's academic, professional and political career:
- 1964: Graduated from University of Arizona, Tucson, B.A.
- 1966: Graduated from University of Arizona, LL.B.
- 1966-1986: Practiced law with Jennings, Strouss and Salmon
- 1984-1985: Chairman, Phoenix Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
- 1987-1995: U.S. Representative from Arizona
- 1995-2013: U.S. Senator from Arizona
- Subcommittee on Health Care
- Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy
- Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight, Ranking Member
- Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (Supercommittee)
- Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, Ranking Member
- Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security
- Subcommittee on The Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights
Senate Judiciary Committee
Senator Kyl was first appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee shortly after he was sworn into the Senate in January of 1995.
Senator Kyl is the Republican Ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security. The Senator also serves on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittees on Administrative Oversight and the Courts, The Constitution, and Immigration, Refugees and Border Security.
During her 2009 Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Senator Kyl expressed concern about how Sonia Sotomayor would approach her decisions as a judge. It was noted during the July 14, 2009 hearings that Senator Kyl scolded Sotomayor for relying on her subjective experience, specifically her race and gender, to make decisions. The Senator said to Judge Sotomayor: "here you are reaching judgment that it could not make a difference but it should make a difference" in relation to a previous speech made by Judge Sotomayor on how racial and gender attitudes would impact a case.
The Senator pointed out contradictions in some of her opinions, based on statements before the Committee, where she said that race does not play a part in her decisions as a judge, and her earlier public speeches and writings, in which she openly claimed that race and gender do play a role in judging.
Lobbying position after leaving office
Kyl was listed in March 2013 by USA Today as one of 16 former lawmakers who took on a lobbying related position after leaving office. 16 of the 98 total lawmakers who have retired or were ousted by voters since January 2011 hold lobbying-related jobs. USA Today looked at lawmakers who retired, resigned or lost their seats in the last Congress — along with the handful who left their posts during the first months of the new Congress.
Despite rules in place to prevent the constant rotation of lawmakers into lobbying positions, many former lawmakers are entering into positions with either lobbying firms or trade associations. Former House members are barred from lobbying their former colleagues for a year, and former senators, are barred for two years.
There are no restrictions, however, on providing behind-the-scenes advice to corporations and others seeking to shape federal legislation. Ex-lawmakers can immediately lobby the executive branch and officials in state and local governments. Many former lawmakers are taking advantage of this slight distinction, and are taking positions after their political careers end as consultants and strategists.
Kyl voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.
|U.S. Senate, Arizona General Election, 2006|
|Republican||Jon Kyl Incumbent||53.3%||814,398|
Kyl won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2006. During that re-election cycle, Kyl's campaign committee raised a total of $15,524,019 and spent $16,103,008.
His top 5 contributors between 2001-2006 were:
|U.S. Senate election, Arizona, 2006 - Jon Kyl Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Opponent||$14,709,628|
|Total Spent by Opponent||$14,709,241|
|Top contributors to Jon Kyl's campaign committee|
|Club for Growth||$155,753|
|Snell & Wilmer||$59,750|
|Squire, Sanders & Dempsey||$55,250|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$501,665|
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Jon Kyl paid his congressional staff a total of $2,863,770 in 2011. He ranked 4th on the list of the highest paid Republican Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranked 83rd overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Arizona ranked 31st in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Kyl's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $645,238 and $708,235. That averages to $676,736, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Kyl ranked 15th in the conservative rankings among U.S. Senators in 2012.
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Kyl ranked 19th in the conservative rankings among U.S. Senators.
Percentage voting with party
The website Open Congress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Kyl voted with the Republican Party 95.5% of the time. This ranked 5th among the 47 Senate Republicans in 2011.
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- Sen. Baucus Called on IRS to Investigate Activities of Tax-Exempt Groups in 2010 - CNSNews.com (blog)
- Republicans go after Begich in wake of IRS scandal - Alaska Dispatch
- Senate Democrats Pushed for IRS Tea Party Snooping Before Criticizing It - U.S. News & World Report (blog)
- Up to His Old Tricks on Immigration - Burnt Orange Report
- The Real IRS Scandal - New York Times
- Acting IRS Commissioner Miller Resigns and ?Targets? Stand up to be Counted! - The Nonprofit Quarterly
- Congress Members Sprint for Money to Lobby After Election - Bloomberg
- Sen. John McCain hosts Vice President Joe Biden at Sedona Summit - AZFamily
- How Jeff Flake Became The Most Unpopular Senator In America - Huffington Post - Huffington Post
- Senator introduces legislation targeting patent trolls - PCWorld
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Kyl and his wife, Caryll, have two children.
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- ↑ Gov Track "John Kyl," Accessed March 3, 2012
- ↑ Politico "Sen. Jon Kyl announces his retirement from Senate" Accessed February 18, 2012
- ↑ Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Jon Llewellyn Kyl," Accessed October 20, 2011
- ↑ "Senate Judiciary" List of previous members
- ↑ "Senate Judiciary Committee" List of Subcommittees
- ↑ Washington Post "Kyl at Sotomayor Confirmation Hearing"
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 "New York Times" Day 2 Senate Judiciary Committee Sotomayor Transcript, July 14, 2009
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 USA Today "Former lawmakers lobbying jobs" Accessed March 27, 2013
- ↑ U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- ↑ Huffington Post "Jon Kyl Retiring in 2012: Report," February 10, 2011
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"
- ↑ Open Secrets "Jon Kyl 2006 Election Cycle," Accessed October 22 2011
- ↑ LegiStorm "Jon Kyl"
- ↑ OpenSecrets.org, "Kyl, (R-AZ), 2010"
- ↑ National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
- ↑ National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
- ↑ Open Congress "Voting With Party," Accessed October 19, 2011
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