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Jon Kyl currently serves as the Jr. Senator for Arizona

Jon Llewellyn Kyl, a Republican, has represented Arizona in the United States Senate since 1994.

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

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On September 20, 2007, Sens. Joe Lieberman, Jon Kyl, Norman Coleman, and Lindsey Graham filed a "Sense of the Senate" resolution as Amendment No. 3017[1] to the FY 2008 Defense Authorization bill "that the U.S. should 'combat, contain, and roll back' Iran's 'violent activities and destabilizing influence inside Iraq.' It counsels doing so 'through the prudent and calibrated use of all instruments of [U.S. power], including diplomatic, economic, intelligence, and military instruments.' It also urges the administration to designate the Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization."[2]

Environmental record

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Fake conversation included in brief to Supreme Court

In February 2006, Kyl and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) cited a conversation regarding the Detainee Treatment Act in a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court. The conversation, however, had never actually taken place. Rather, it was inserted into the official Congressional Record after the debate had concluded. In July 2006, the Supreme Court noted the unspoken conversation in it’s decision in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld. Justice John Paul Stevens remarked, "Those statements appear to have been inserted in the Congressional Record after the Senate debate." On July 6, 2006, Kyl defended his actions, arguing that legislators frequently insert material into the record following a debate. [1]

Anonymous holds

On May 24, 2007, an anonymous hold was placed on the Openness Promotes Effectiveness in our National (OPEN) Government Act of 2007 (S.849), a bill to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act, when it was sent to the floor for a vote. On May 31, 2007, Sen. Kyl "revealed his identity [as the Senator who placed the hold]... days after the bill's backers launched an e-mail and telephone campaign, urging supporters to help in 'smoking out Senator Secrecy.' They pointed out the irony that an open government bill was being blocked using a rule that allowed secrecy." In a statement, Kyl said that "the Justice Department has 'uncharacteristically strong' objections to the bill" and that he would "block a vote until both sides can work out the differences." Kyl faced much criticism for blocking the government transparency bill.

Main article: OPEN Government Act of 2007

When an anonymous hold was placed on the Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act, which would require senators to file their campaign finance reports electronically to the Federal Election Commission, Sen. Kyl was one of the two final Senators who did not confirm whether they were responsible for the objection. On April 23, Kyl did eventually issue his denial.

Main article: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act of 2007

Remote Sensing prohibition for Israel

In 1997, Jon Kyl and Jeff Bingaman passed the Kyl-Bingaman amendment which prohibits US-based companies from disseminating remote sensing/satellite photos of Israel. The consequence of this is that Google Earth has no coverage of Israel.[3] The sponsors of the amendment were Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)[4].


Kyl was born April 25, 1942, Oakland, Nebraska. He graduated from the University of Arizona with honors. Before entering politics, he was a lawyer and lobbyist with Jennings, Strouss & Salmon in Phoenix. His father, also named John Kyl, was a U.S. Representative for Iowa.

Kyl served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987-1995 and was first elected to the Senate in 1994. He faced a strong challenge from Samuel G. Coppersmith (D), then an Arizona member of the House of Representatives. Kyl replaced Democrat Dennis DeConcini in the Senate after DeConcini retired following his implication in the Keating Five financial scandal.

In 2000, he ran without opposition.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated Jim Pederson to face Kyl in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [2] Kyl retained his seat.

Republican leadership position

In the 109th Congress, Kyl served as Republican Policy Committee chairman. In the 110th Congress, Kyl moved up to the position of Senate Republican Conference chairman. The position had been held previously by Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.), who was defeated in his 2006 bid for reelection. In January 2008, Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) became the chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.[5]

Money in politics

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Committees and affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

  • Senate Committee on Finance
    • Subcommittee on Health Care
    • Subcommittee on Social Security and Family Policy
    • Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight - Chair
  • Senate Committee on the Judiciary
    • Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts
    • Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs
    • Subcommittee on Immigration Border Security and Citizenship
    • Subcommittee on Intellectual Property
    • Subcommittee on Technology Terrorism and Homeland Security - Chair


More background data

Wikipedia also has an article on Jon Kyl. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
730 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-4521
Fax: 202-224-2207
Web Email

District Office - Phoenix:
2200 East Camelback, Suite 120
Phoenix, AZ 85016-3455
Phone: 602-840-1891
Fax: 602-957-6838

District Office - Tucson:
7315 North Oracle Road, Suite 220
Tucson, AZ 85704
Phone: 520-575-8633
Fax: 520-797-3232

Articles and resources


  1. Carah Ong, "Lieberman-Kyl Introduce Provocative Amendment," Iran Nuclear Watch Blogspot, September 21, 2007. Post includes link to copy of amendment.
  2. Editorial: "Countering Iran’s Designs," National Review Online, September 21, 2007.
  3. Hamed Aleaziz, Why Google Earth Can't Show You Israel, Mother Jones, 10 June 2011
  4. Shawn L. Twing, U.S. Senate Moves to Limit Commercial Satellite Imagery of Israel, WRMEA, August 1996.
  5. Lamar Alexander profile, The Washington Post, accessed January 2011.
  6. People, The Atlantic Bridge, accessed September 13, 2010.



Local blogs and discussion sites

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Current Office: U.S. Senate
111th Congress
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Committees: Senate Committee on Finance, Senate Committee on Finance/Subcommittee on Health Care, Senate Committee on Finance/Subcommittee on Social Security Pensions and Family Policy, Senate Committee on Finance/Subcommittee on Taxation IRS Oversight and Long-Term Growth, Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Senate Committee on the Judiciary/Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law, Senate Committee on the Judiciary/Subcommittee on Immigration Border Security and Citizenship, Senate Committee on the Judiciary/Subcommittee on Technology Terrorism and Homeland Security
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 8, 1994
First Took Current Office:
January 4, 1995
Next Election:
November 6, 2012
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U.S. House of Representatives 1987-95
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1. 2200 East Camelback, Suite 120 Phoenix, AZ 85016-3455
Phone: 602-840-1891 / Fax: 602-957-6838
2. 7315 North Oracle Road, Suite 220 Tucson, AZ 85704
Phone: 520-575-8633 / Fax: 520-797-3232

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Date of Birth: April 25, 1942