U.S. Senator Jon Kyl currently serves as senior of counsel at Covington and Burling, LLP. He is also a distinguished fellow in Public Service in Arizona State University’s Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, a distinguished scholar of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and a director of ASU’s Kyl Center for Water Policy. Previously, Senator Kyl served 18 years in the U.S. Senate and before that, 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. He was a member of the Judiciary Committee from 1995-2013 and also served on the Finance Committee. On September 5, 2018, Senator Kyl was appointed by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey to fill the seat of the late Senator John McCain. He served on the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. He concluded his service in the Senate on December 31, 2018. Before his public service, Senator Kyl practiced law at Jennings, Strouss & Salmon in Phoenix. In 1985, he served as chairman of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. Born in Oakland, Neb., Senator 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. He and his wife, Caryll, have two children, Kristine and John, and four grandchildren.