Kyl’s `Power to Persuade’ Hailed by Lobbying Firm Landing Ex-Senator

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Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl walks toward a closed-door meeting with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill on Dec. 31, 2012 in Washington.

There is life after Congress.

And for those who held leading roles in Congress, it can be a good life.

The latest refugee from Capitol Hill to find refuge at a lobbying law firm that works the Hill is former Sen. Jon Kyl, an Arizona Republican joining the international law firm of Covington & Burling in its Washington offices.

The former No. 2 Republican in the Senate carries “deep knowledge and extraordinary legislative skills from his years as a senior leader in Congress” which “make him ideally suited to help us build on the many strengths of our public policy and government affairs practice,” Timothy Hester, chairman of the law firm’s management committee, says in a statement from the firm.

Not to mention instant access and long-standing connections made during a congressional career that started in the House in 1986 and then the Senate in 1994.

The firm cites Time magazine’s depiction of Kyl in 2010 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, a minority whip with “power to persuade.”

In other words, sterling lobbying credentials for a firm that includes other veterans of the Hill and government: Holly Fechner, a long-time aide to the late Sen. Edward Kennedy,  former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, John Dugan, former U.S. Comptroller of the Currency, Stu Eizenstat, who served in three presidential administrations in roles that included ambassador to the EU, and former Ambassador John Veroneau, who served as deputy U.S. Trade Representative.

The firm also operates in Brussels, where it employs former Ambassador Jean De Ruyt, who served as Belgium’s permanent representative to the European Union, and Wim van Velzen, who served for a decade in the European Parliament.

“This is an exciting opportunity to launch a new chapter in my career at one of the most prestigious firms in the world,”  Kyl is quoted as saying in the firm’s statement. “I look forward to working with corporate clients to find solutions that will help their businesses grow.”


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