Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) has served in both the U.S. House and Senate, but after 26 years of elections and floor votes, he says it is time to retire.
“It seemed to be the right time for me," he said in an interview with Arizona Illustrated. "It is something that the more energy you have, I think, the better you can do it. And younger people will have more energy than those of us who start to get to senior citizen status.”
Kyl says even though he is retiring from elected office, he is still hoping to stay active in the world of politics and policy through the private sector. His exact plans are still up in the air. The senator says he can’t really make plans until his term is up in January.
When asked to reflect on his nearly 30 years in office, Kyl says there were plenty of triumphs as well as some legislative lows.
He says he is very happy with the years he spent working issues behind the scenes. He is also proud of his work on American Indian water rights settlements.
As for disappointments, Kyl says he feels his biggest legislative loss was the inability to get immigration reform passed. Kyl was a main author of the last major attempt at immigration reform in 2007.
Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Mesa) won the election earlier this month to replace Kyl in the Senate.