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Senator Jon Kyl

Senator Jon Kyl

Senior Of Counsel, Covington and Burling, LLP
Board of Managers, National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC

Senator Jon Kyl currently serves as Senior Of Counsel at Covington and Burling, LLP and is a Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He is also a Distinguished Fellow in Public Service in Arizona State University’s College of Public Service and Community Solutions, and Distinguished Scholar of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

Previously, Kyl served eighteen years in the U.S. Senate after serving for 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.

As a member of the House, Kyl served on the Armed Services Committee, focusing on missile defense and the strategic nuclear deterrent. In the Senate, he served on the Intelligence, Judiciary and Finance committees, among others. He led the successful opposition to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty in 1999 and successfully negotiated the Strategic Modernization Plan with the Obama Administration in 2010, covering the future of the National Laboratories and other nuclear-related facilities and the modernization of the Triad and nuclear weapons systems.

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.

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.