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 McCain#JohnMcCainDay trends on Trump's 73rd birthday #JohnMcCainDay trends on Trump's 73rd birthday New poll finds little GOP support for spending cuts to specific federal programs 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 McSallyDemocratic challenger to Susan Collins announces Senate bid Democratic challenger to Susan Collins announces Senate bid Democrats hope some presidential candidates drop out — and run for Senate  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 FlakeDemocrats needle GOP on standing up to Trump Democrats needle GOP on standing up to Trump Amash gets standing ovation at first town hall after calling for Trump's impeachment 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.