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Sen. Jon Kyl

Former Senator for Arizona

Kyl, a Republican, was a senator from Arizona from 1995 to 2012.

He was previously the representative for Arizona's 4th congressional district (1987-1994).

Photo of Sen. Jon Kyl [R-AZ, 1995-2012]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Kyl is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2013 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Kyl sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Kyl was the primary sponsor of 22 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Kyl sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Economics and Public Finance (19%) Crime and Law Enforcement (19%) Law (16%) Health (12%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (9%) Native Americans (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of Kyl’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Kyl’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 1540 (112th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
Dec 15, 2011. Conference Report Agreed to 86/13.
Yea On the Nomination PN154: Heather A. Higginbottom, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget
Oct 20, 2011. Nomination Confirmed 64/36.
Nay On the Nomination PN399: Susan Owens Hickey, of Arkansas, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Arkansas
Oct 13, 2011. Nomination Confirmed 83/8.
Yea H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
Nay S.J.Res. 5 (111th): A joint resolution relating to the disapproval of obligations under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.
Jan 15, 2009. Joint Resolution Defeated 42/52.
Yea H.R. 7081 (110th): United States-India Nuclear Cooperation Approval and Nonproliferation Enhancement Act
Oct 1, 2008. Bill Passed 86/13.
Nay H.R. 6124 (110th): Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008
Jun 18, 2008. Veto Overridden 80/14.
Nay H.R. 2419 (110th): Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008
May 22, 2008. Veto Overridden 82/13.
The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub.L. 110–234, H.R. 2419, 122 Stat. 923, enacted May 22, 2008, also known as the 2008 U.S. Farm Bill) was a $288 billion, five-year agricultural policy bill that was passed into law by the United States Congress ...
Nay H.R. 2419 (110th): Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008
Dec 14, 2007. Bill Passed 79/14.
The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub.L. 110–234, H.R. 2419, 122 Stat. 923, enacted May 22, 2008, also known as the 2008 U.S. Farm Bill) was a $288 billion, five-year agricultural policy bill that was passed into law by the United States Congress ...
Yea On the Nomination PN177: Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., in the Army, to be General
Feb 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 83/14.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1995 to Jan 2013, Kyl missed 82 of 5,995 roll call votes, which is 1.4%. This is better than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jan 2013. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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