Jon Kyl served with John McCain as a United States Senator representing Arizona from 1995 to 2013. Before his service in the Senate, he was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1987 through 1995. Kyl retired from Congress in January 2013 as the second-highest-ranking Republican senator. During Senator Kyl’s 26 years in Congress, he built a reputation for mastering legislative policy and coalition-building complexities, first in the House of Representatives and then in the Senate. In 2010, Time magazine called Kyl one of the 100 most influential people in the world, noting his “encyclopedic knowledge of domestic and foreign policy, and his hard work and leadership” and his “power to persuade.” In 2012, Kyl was named Arizonan of the Year by the Arizona Republic.
As a Judiciary Committee member, Kyl helped write reforms to U.S. patent law, the landmark Crime Victims’ Rights Act, and important provisions of the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, and other anti-terrorism laws. As a Finance Committee member, he was the chief advocate of pro-growth tax policies, including low tax rates on income, capital gains, dividends, and estates. He was a member of the Joint Select Committee for deficit reductions, the so-called “Super Committee.” He’s been a leader on water and land-use issues, leading to the Kyl Center for Water Policy formation at the Morrison Institute at Arizona State University, which bears his name.
Before his public service, 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, Kyl received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Arizona. He graduated from 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.