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Sen. Jon Kyl

Former Senator for Arizona

pronounced jon // KĪ-ul

Kyl was a senator from Arizona and was a Republican. He served from 2018 to 2018.

He was previously a senator from Arizona as a Republican from 1995 to 2012; and the representative for Arizona’s 4th congressional district as a Republican from 1987 to 1994.

Photo of Sen. Jon Kyl [R-AZ, 2018-2018]

Enacted Legislation

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

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Does 22 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

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 at least about half 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:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (100%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Kyl voted Nay

Motion Agreed to 87/12 on Dec 18, 2018.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the FIRST Step Act, the Senate's criminal justice reform bill. The text of this bill was replaced ...

Kyl voted Nay

Conference Report Agreed to 87/13 on Dec 11, 2018.

See the Congressional Research Service's 122-page summary of the bill. * * * H.R. 2 amends and extends major programs for income support, food and ...

Kyl voted Yea

Kyl voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 81/19 on Dec 15, 2010.

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 ...

Kyl voted Nay

Bill Passed 92/4 on Apr 28, 2009.

The Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009, or FERA, Pub.L. 111–21, S. 386, 123 Stat. 1617, enacted May 20, 2009, is a public law ...

Kyl voted Nay

Bill Passed 79/14 on Dec 14, 2007.

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. ...

Kyl voted Nay

Bill Passed 93/1 on Dec 14, 2007.

Kyl voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 1995 to Dec 2018, Kyl missed 83 of 6,067 roll call votes, which is 1.4%. This is on par with the median of 1.5% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2018. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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