34 Facts About Senator Jon Kyl

1. Senator Jon Kyl was once listed as a consideration for the role of Secretary of Defense under the Trump administration.

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2. Senator Jon Kyl was a close friend of McCain's who served three terms alongside him in Congress.

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3. Senator Jon Kyl would fill the seat until a special election is held in 2020 to decide who will finish out the final two years of McCain's term.

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4. Senator Jon Kyl retired from the Senate in January 2013 after the completion of his third term in office.

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5. In 2006 Senator Jon Kyl voted in favour of a bill to authorize the construction of a 700-mile fence along the US-Mexico border in order to limit illegal immigration.

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6. Senator Jon Kyl earned bachelor's and law (1966) degrees from the University of Arizona, where he served as president of the Arizona Law Review.

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7. Senator Jon Kyl served in the US Senate for about four months in 2018, resigning Dec 31.

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8. Senator Jon Kyl initially joined Covington in early 2013 in the same position after retiring from the US Senate as the second-highest ranking Republican senator.

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9. Senator Jon Kyl announced in December that he would not stay for the remainder of McCain's term, which ends in 2020.

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10. Senator Jon Kyl had served in the Senate from 1994 to 2013 and served in the US House of Representatives from 1987 to 1995.

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11. Senator Jon Kyl indicated early on that his return to the Senate would be brief.

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12. Senator Jon Kyl represented Arizona in the US Senate for nearly two decades before beginning his career at Covington.

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13. On November 7, 2006, Senator Jon Kyl defeated real estate developer and former Arizona Democratic Party chairman Jim Pederson to win his third term in the Senate.

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14. In 2012, Senator Jon Kyl voted against ratification of the UN Treaty Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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15. In 2011, Senator Jon Kyl said that the GOP had abandoned opposition to defense cuts.

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16. Senator Jon Kyl voted against the Affordable Care Act in December 2009, and he voted against the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

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17. In November 2010, Senator Jon Kyl announced that he would oppose the New START arms control treaty's ratification in the lame-duck session.

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18. Senator Jon Kyl resigned from the Senate one minute before midnight on December 31, 2018, and will be succeeded by Martha McSally.

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19. Senator Jon Kyl voted in favor of the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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20. Senator Jon Kyl is only the sixth person to return to the Senate via appointment since the ratification of the Seventeenth Amendment in 1913.

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21. Senator Jon Kyl is the only Arizona Republican to hold such a powerful leadership position.

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22. Senator Jon Kyl was elected by his fellow Senate Republicans to a succession of leadership posts: Policy Committee chairman, Conference chairman (2007), and most recently (in December 2007), Senate Minority Whip.

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23. Senator Jon Kyl served in the House of Representatives from 1987 to 1995.

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24. Senator Jon Kyl is married to Caryll Collins, with whom he has had two children.

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25. Senator Jon Kyl worked as an attorney at Mountain States Legal Foundation in Denver, Colorado, prior to running for office.

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26. Senator Jon Kyl is a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, as is Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona.

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27. Senator Jon Kyl resigned from the Senate at the end of December 31, 2018, and was succeeded by Martha McSally, who was appointed to the seat.

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28. Senator Jon Kyl is the first person to return to the Senate via appointment since New Hampshire Republican Norris Cotton in 1975.

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29. Senator Jon Kyl announced in February 2011 that he would not seek re-election to the Senate in 2012 and would retire at the end of his third term.

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30. Senator Jon Kyl was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2010 for his persuasive role in the Senate.

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31. Senator Jon Kyl was ranked by National Journal in 2007 as the fourth-most conservative US Senator.

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32. Senator Jon Kyl was elected to the US Senate in 1994 and continued to be re-elected by comfortable margins until his retirement in January 2013.

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33. Senator Jon Kyl worked in Phoenix, Arizona as an attorney and lobbyist before winning election to the United States House of Representatives, where he served from 1987 to 1995.

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34. Senator Jon Kyl was appointed to the Senate on September 5, 2018, succeeding the late John McCain.

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