How Much Money Will Jon Kyl Make After Second Trip Through 'Revolving Door'?

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Jon Kyl, the former U.S. senator who became a lobbyist before becoming a senator again, has returned to his old lobbying firm.

Covington & Burling, a Washington lobbying firm that represents some of the largest corporations in the world, announced Kyl’s return in a press release Monday.

Kyl represented Arizona in the U.S. Senate for nearly two decades before beginning his career at Covington. He left Covington in September after Governor Doug Ducey tapped him to temporarily fill the seat vacated by the late Senator John McCain.

Kyl indicated early on that his return to the Senate would be brief. After he stepped down at the end of 2018, Ducey appointed Martha McSally to fill out the rest of the term, which is up in 2020.

Kyl's exit from the Senate and return to Covington completes his second rotation through the so-called "revolving door," in which retired lawmakers cash in their political experience to become lobbyists or regulators.

Lobbying is a lucrative business. Kyl made more than $1.8 million in the last two years working for Covington, according to a financial disclosure form filed January 3. That’s compared with the roughly $58,000 he made during during his four-month term as a senator, according to the Washington Examiner, a conservative news site.

Recently, has Kyl represented an array of companies and trade groups on the Hill, including Anheuser-Busch InBev, Celgene Corporation, Facebook, H&R Block, Merck & Co, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, QUALCOMM, Republic Service, and Walmart.

Kyl also played a major role in the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Prior to his appointment to the Senate, Kyl acted as the judge's "sherpa" through the nomination process. Once seated as senator, he went on to vote to confirm Kavanaugh.

Covington is not the only entity that has delivered fat paychecks to Kyl. The former Senator also accepted nearly $129,000 from Arizona State University to teach, his disclosure form states. But as reported, no classes taught by Kyl turn up on ASU's course catalog.
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Steven Hsieh was a staff writer for Phoenix New Times from August 2018 to April 2020.
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