Jon Kyl, who briefly rejoined the U.S. Senate last year, has arrived back at Covington & Burling, the law firm where he made about $1.86 million in the last two years, according to newly public disclosure documents.
Kyl on Monday rejoined Covington as senior counsel in its public policy practice.
Kyl initially joined Covington in early 2013 in the same position after retiring from the U.S. Senate as the second-highest ranking Republican senator. He remained at the firm, handling high-stakes lobbying and advocacy matters for top corporate clients, until September 2018, when Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey appointed him to return to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy created by the death of U.S. Sen. John McCain.
Kyl served in the U.S. Senate for about four months in 2018, resigning Dec. 31.
According to an ethics disclosure form made available Jan. 3, Kyl reported that his top sources of compensation included Covington clients such as Anheuser-Busch InBev, Facebook, mining company Freeport-McMoRan Inc., H&R Block, Merck & Co. Inc., MGM Resorts International, Northrop Grumman Corp., Walmart and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, a trade group known as PhRMA,
Kyl’s ethics disclosure also reported income from San Diego-based semiconductor company Qualcomm. In March, Covington touted it “secured a U.S. presidential order” compelling Broadcom Ltd. to abandon its proposed hostile takeover of Qualcomm. President Donald Trump, in blocking the bid, cited national security concerns at the time.
Kyl, in his ethics disclosure, also reported income from Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative political campaign organization that funded ads supporting Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Before he returned to the Senate, Kyl served as lead “sherpa” for the confirmation of Kavanaugh, tasked with shepherding Trump’s pick through the Senate.
His ethics disclosure said he was withholding the names of nine clients, citing bar rules.
A Covington spokesman told ALM that Kyl was not available for an interview Monday. In a statement, Timothy Hester, Covington’s chair, said he expects Kyl “can make important contributions in a range of matters, particularly for clients in the technology, life sciences and defense sectors who may face numerous policy challenges in Congress and the executive branch.”
Yet Kyl will have some limitations. Under ethics rules, former U.S. senators cannot directly lobby for two years. Covington said Kyl “will focus on matters of policy and strategy for the firm’s clients.”
Besides his law firm income, Kyl also reported about $26,500 in board compensation and $128,912 from Arizona State University, where he has taught undergraduate and law school classes, according to his ethics disclosure. The disclosure form said his reported income represents totals from 2017 and 2018.