PRESS RELEASE from Sen. Jon Kyl
ed. note: Sen. Kyl was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1994, and re-elected in 2000 and 2006; he previously served in the U.S. House (first elected 1986).

February 10, 2011

Andrew Wilder or Ryan Patmintra

Jon Kyl Will Not Seek Reelection in 2012

PHOENIX, AZ – U.S. Senator Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) today announced that he would not seek reelection in 2012. The following are excerpts from a letter he sent to supporters:

“There is one large reason this decision has been hard for Caryll and me. We have gained so many friends over the years, many of whom, like you, have contributed to my elections and encouraged me to continue to serve. It’s hard to say no to such loyal supporters. But I know I am not irreplaceable and next year will be my 26th year of service in the U.S. Congress.

“Simply put, it is time – time to do something new, time to have a more flexible schedule for my family, and time to give others an opportunity. My health is fine, I’m confident I could win reelection, and, while I don’t like some aspects of political life, they have been worth enduring because of the tremendous opportunity I’ve had to represent Arizonans. So, there is no ‘negative’ reason for my decision.

“Nor will I retire from politics. After my family and faith, my desire to advance conservative principles is the animating force in my life (even ahead of NASCAR). To those who say, ‘You can’t stop now, there is so much to do and we’re on the cusp of taking control of the Senate,’ I simply note that there will always be unfinished business in advancing the cause of freedom.

“Just as you have helped me, I will continue to help those who seek public office and share my views. I anticipate there will be other ways I can help. And, by not having to focus on my reelection, I can devote the next 22 months mostly to my job of serving you. I’m going to make the most of it.”