An attorney by training, Jon Kyl served 18 years in the US Senate after serving for eight years in the US 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 Senate Judiciary Committee, he helped write reforms to US patent law and the landmark Crime Victims’ Rights Act, as well as important provisions of the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, and other antiterrorism laws.
As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, he was a 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 on Deficit Reduction, the so-called “Super Committee.”
At AEI, Senator Kyl will join former Senator Joseph Lieberman to lead the American Internationalism Project, an important new effort from AEI’s Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies. The project’s focus will be to rebuild and reshape a bipartisan consensus around American global leadership and engagement.
- US Senator (Arizona), 1995–2013; Chair, Republican Policy Committee, 2003–2007; Chair, Republican Conference 2007; Senate Republican Whip, 2007–2013
- Member (Arizona), US House of Representatives, 1987–1995
- Attorney, Jennings, Strouss and Salmon, 1966–1986
- Chairman, Phoenix Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, 1984–1985
B.A., University of Arizona
LLB, University of Arizona