Republican Senator Jon Kyl is serving his second term representing Arizona. Prior to that, he served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Kyl's priorities include increasing parental involvement in education and funding that reaches the classroom; promoting economic growth and opportunity through lower taxes and sensible spending policies; supporting tough crime and drug laws and defending the rights of crime victims; and improving access to quality health care. He is also a long standing expert on matters of intelligence and national defense.
Kyl serves as the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism and Government Information. He also serves on the Finance, Energy and Natural Resources, and Intelligence Committees.
Kyl is chairman of the Republican Steering Committee and is a Deputy Whip. He is also chairman of the Committee on Committees.
Before entering politics, Kyl was a lawyer with Jennings, Strouss & Salmon in Phoenix, Arizona. He also founded the Arizona Crime Victim Foundation.
Kyl earned his B.A. with honors from the University of Arizona in 1964. He also received his L.L.B. from the University of Arizona, where he was editor-in-chief of the Arizona Law Review.
Kyl's father, John, represented Iowa’s Fourth District in Congress from 1959-1965 and 1967-1973.
Kyl was born in April 1942 in Oakland, Nebraska. He is married to Caryll Collins. They have two children.