Jon Kyl

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Jon Kyl
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U.S. Senate, Arizona
Former member
In office
Assistant Minority Leader/Minority Whip, United States Senate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 8, 1994
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
United States House of Representatives
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arizona, 1964
OtherLLB, University of Arizona, 1966
Date of birthApril 25, 1942
Place of birthOakland, NE
Jon Kyl (b. April 25, 1942) was a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Arizona. Kyl was in office from 1995 to 2013.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Kyl was a "rank-and-file Republican."[1]

Kyl retired at the end of his term instead of seeking re-election in 2012.[2] Four candidates are currently running for Kyl's Senate seat. Primary elections were held on August 28, 2012.


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Below is an abbreviated outline of Kyl's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 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

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


  • Finance
    • 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)
  • Judiciary
    • 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.[4]

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.[5]

Sotomayor hearings

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.[6] 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.[7]

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.[7]

Lobbying position after leaving office

Kyl was listed in March 2013 by USA Today as 1 of 16 former lawmakers who took on a lobbying related position after leaving office.[8] Sixteen of the 98 total lawmakers who have retired or were ousted by voters since January 2011 hold lobbying-related jobs.[8] 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.[8]

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.[8] Former House members are barred from lobbying their former colleagues for a year, and former senators are barred for two years.[8]

There are no restrictions, however, on providing behind-the-scenes advice to corporations and others seeking to shape federal legislation.[8] Ex-lawmakers can immediately lobby the executive branch and officials in state and local governments.[8] Many former lawmakers are taking advantage of this slight distinction, and are taking positions after their political careers end as consultants and strategists.[8]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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.[9]



See also: United States Senate elections in Arizona, 2012

Kyl did not run for re-election in 2012.[10] Jeff Flake (R) defeated Richard Carmona (D), Marc Victor (L), and Ian Gilyeat (I) in the general election.


On November 7, 2006, Kyl won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Jim Pederson and Richard Mack in the general election.[11]

U.S. Senate, Arizona General Election, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJon Kyl Incumbent 53.3% 814,398
     Democratic Jim Pederson 43.5% 664,141
     Libertarian Richard Mack 3.2% 48,231
Total Votes 1,526,770

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Kyl's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

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.[12]

His top 5 contributors between 2001-2006 were:


Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

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 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.[13]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[14]

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.[15]


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.[16]

Political positions

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress 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.[17]

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Kyl and his wife, Caryll, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dennis DeConcini
U.S. Senate - Arizona
Succeeded by
Jeff Flake