Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl Retiring

Possible replacement: Gabrielle Giffords?
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2011 11:15 AM CST
In this Dec. 15 file photo, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl of Arizona gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo, File)

(Newser) – Three-term Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl will not seek re-election next year, sources tell Politico and Fox News. The 68-year-old is expected to announce his retirement at a press conference today. Kyl, the No. 2 Senate Republican, was elected to the Senate in 1994 after four terms in the House, and would have been expected to win a fourth term. He is the fifth senator and second Republican to announce a departure from Congress next year. Gabrielle Giffords has already been mentioned as a possible contender for his spot, along with Janet Napolitano and Republican Rep. Jeff Flake.

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