Former Sen. Jon Kyl returns to K Street

Former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) is returning to the lobbying world after his second stint in the Senate.

Kyl returned to work at Covington & Burling in its public policy practice, the firm announced on Monday. He worked there before he was appointed to the Senate to fill the seat held by the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainFighter pilot vs. astronaut match-up in Arizona could determine control of Senate The Hill's Morning Report — Recession fears climb and markets dive — now what? Trump makes rare trip to Clinton state, hoping to win back New Hampshire MORE (R-Ariz.), his former colleague, who died in August.

Kyl announced in December that he would not stay for the remainder of McCain’s term, which ends in 2020.

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Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyFighter pilot vs. astronaut match-up in Arizona could determine control of Senate Air Force probe finds no corroboration of sexual assault allegations against Trump pick Ex-FBI official names right-wing extremism one of the biggest security challenges for 2020 MORE (R-Ariz.) was appointed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) to replace Kyl. The appointment came weeks after McSally, previously a member of the House, lost her own Senate race against then-Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D) for the seat vacated by Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeArpaio considering running for former sheriff job after Trump pardon Overnight Energy: Warren edges past Sanders in poll of climate-focused voters | Carbon tax shows new signs of life | Greens fuming at Trump plans for development at Bears Ears monument Carbon tax shows new signs of life in Congress MORE (R), who retired at the end of the last Congress.

McSally and Sinema were both sworn in on Jan. 3.

Kyl, 76, first retired from the Senate in 2013 after serving as Republican whip. He was in the Senate for 18 years and spent eight years in the House.

He worked as a lobbyist for Covington from March 2013 to September of last year, when, in an unprecedented situation, he returned to the Senate.

Covington is based in Washington.