Jon Kyl

Sen. Jon Kyl Will Resign at the End of the Year
Arizona governor will have opportunity to appoint new senator

Sen. Jon Kyl is expected to retire from the Senate again, effective Dec. 31. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl is expected to retire from the Senate at the end of the month.

The Republican senator returned to the chamber in September after Gov. Doug Ducey appointed him to replace the late Sen. John McCain. He previously served three terms in the Senate from 1995 to 2013. 

Why Former Sen. Jon Kyl Got Tapped to Guide Brett Kavanaugh
Supreme Court nominees need an experienced ‘sherpa’ to navigate the Senate’s unique ways

White House Counsel Don McGahn, right, and former Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., arrive at the Capitol on Tuesday as they escort Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Vice President Mike Pence to meetings with senators. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

He spent 18 years as a senator on the Judiciary Committee, the last six as the Republican whip and No. 2 in leadership. Now his lobbying clients include a group already spending millions to push the federal courts hard right. His big gig on the side is rooting out perceived liberal bias on social media.

If Jon Kyl does not have the ideal background for successfully shepherding a Supreme Court nominee through this Senate, perhaps no one does.

Former McCain Fundraiser Pleads Not Guilty to Meth, Abuse Charges
Emily Orme Pitha was RSVP point of contact for McCain campaign and former Jon Kyl staffer

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., talks with reporters at the Capitol. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A former fundraiser for Sen. John McCain ’s re-election bid and her boyfriend have pleaded not guilty in Arizona on multiple charges related to child abuse and drug possession.  

The Arizona Republic reported that Emily Orme Pitha, 34, and her boyfriend, Christopher Allen Hustrulid, 36, were arrested for allegedly running a meth lab in her north-central Phoenix home.