Former Sen. Jon Kyl to Guide Supreme Court Nominee Through Confirmation

Arizona Republican was senior member of leadership in the Senate

Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., will shepherd the forthcoming Supreme Court nominee through the confirmation process. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Arizona GOP Sen. Jon Kyl, a former senior member of Senate leadership, will help guide President Donald Trump’s second Supreme Court pick through the chamber’s confirmation process.

“Former Sen. Jon Kyl has agreed to serve as the sherpa for the President’s nominee to the Supreme Court,” Raj Shah, a White House spokesman, said Monday.

Kyl was first elected to the House in 1986 and the Senate in 1994 and served three terms. He eventually ascended to minority whip. He was succeeded by Republican Jeff Flake in 2012 and is currently senior counsel at Covington & Burling, the powerhouse bipartisan law and lobbying firm that boasts not just Kyl but also the likes of former Democratic Rep. Howard Berman of California and former Attorney General Eric Holder. 

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Kyl’s registered lobbying clients this year have included Qualcomm Inc., JW Aluminum, mining company Freeport-McMoRan, the Coalition for American Retirement and the private equity investor Gordon Sondland, who is co-founder of Aspen Capital, according to congressional lobbying disclosures.

He was also recently hired by Facebook as an outside adviser to monitor political bias on the social media platform. 

Kate Ackley contributed to this report.

Correction | A previous version of this report incorrectly stated Kyl’s highest leadership position in the Senate.

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