Former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl: 'I am going to spend my time in Arizona.'

The Arizona Republic reported that days after he retired for the second time from the U.S. Senate, Jon Kyl is back to work again for a Washington, D.C.-based law and lobbying firm.

Kyl, 76, returns to Covington & Burling, which paid him nearly $1.9 million from January 2017 until he returned to the Senate in September, financial disclosure records filed on the day he left office show.

Kyl, a veteran Arizona Republican, also received nearly $129,000 from Arizona State University in the same 20-month time frame for a series of lectures and for work in connection with the school's center on water policy.

"I do a lot of things at ASU that aren't strictly teaching," he said.

In the past, he has lectured on negotiations, water law, administrative law and government, Kyl said. For about three years, Kyl co-taught a tax-law course and has represented ASU in lectures in London.

During a news conference in Phoenix last week, Kyl told reporters that upon leaving the Senate he intended to make Arizona the focus of his life and suggested lobbying was not in his immediate future.

"I am going to spend my time in Arizona. I'm not going back to Washington, D.C. I would like to continue to teach at ASU, both undergraduate and law school, as I did before I went back to the Senate. But I have not yet talked to the ASU people about doing that. Hopefully in the not-too-distant future.

"So I'd like to spend my time here. I'd like to work on the water issues, which are part of Morrison Institute and Water Center at ASU," he said.

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