Senator Kyl to Retire in 2012, Leave Behind Pro-Life Legacy

National   |   Andrew Bair   |   Feb 10, 2011   |   6:11PM   |   Washington, DC

Today, pro-life Republican Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona announced he would not seek reelection in 2012. Sen. Kyl’s departure from the US Senate will mark the end of a strong pro-life legacy. In his four terms in the US Senate, Sen. Kyl maintained a 100% rating from the National Right to Life Committee.

Sen. Jon Kyl currently serves as the Minority Whip in the Senate. In his leadership role, he has been instrumental in fighting back against pro-abortion legislation like the Obama healthcare law and the DISCLOSE Act, a bill aimed at restricting grassroots organizations, like pro-life groups, from publicizing politicians’ positions. Kyl served during the crucial battles to pass the partial-birth abortion ban and the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

Kyl was in no danger of a primary challenge and would have probably cruised to an easy reelection. Arizona, a state that favors Republicans, is currently served by pro-life Governor Jan Brewer and pro-life Senator John McCain. Republican sources point to pro-life Rep. Jeff Flake as a likely replacement. Flake told Politico an announcement regarding the race would be made in the coming days.

On the Democratic side, no candidates have emerged. While Democrats will certainly work hard to flip this seat, the race favors a Republican.