Jon Kyl was appointed as U.S. Senator for the state of Arizona by Governor Doug Ducey on September 5, 2018. He currently serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee and the Indian Affairs Committee.
Prior to his appointment, Senator Kyl served eighteen years in the U.S. Senate and eight years in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected unanimously by his colleagues in 2008 to serve as Republican Whip, the second-highest position in the Senate Republican leadership, a position he held until his retirement in 2013.
Following his retirement from the Senate, Senator Kyl served as Senior of Counsel at Covington and Burling, LLP and was a Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He was also a Distinguished Fellow in Public Service in Arizona State University’s College of Public Service and Community Solutions, a Distinguished Scholar of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and a director of the Kyl Center for Water Policy.
Before his public service, Senator Kyl practiced law at Jennings, Strouss & Salmon in Phoenix. In 1985, he served as chairman of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.
Born in Oakland, Nebraska, Senator Kyl received both his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Arizona. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was editor-in-chief of the Arizona Law Review. He and his wife Caryll have two children, Kristine Kyl Gavin and John Kyl, and four grandchildren.