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Former Republican Sen. Jon Kyl, who served as the second-highest ranking Senate Republican, has been hired by Fox News as a contributor. Kyl also recently joined the lobbying firm of Covington & Burling to advise "companies on a wide range of policies."
Kyl is the latest in a long line of former Republican politicians and officials that have been hired by the network. Some notable Republicans currently with Fox News include Mike Huckabee, Scott Brown, Al D'Amato, Dana Perino, Herman Cain, John Bolton, and Karl Rove. Former Fox News contributors include Sarah Palin, John Kasich, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Elaine Chao.
Fox News is a comfortable landing spot for Kyl, who has frequently appeared on the conservative network in recent years. Fox News has also strongly defended Kyl when he's come under attack. In 2010, the White House denied the Arizona Republican's accusation that President Obama was refusing to "secure the border" in order to force the GOP to support immigration reform. The network's personalities responded by calling Kyl "a man of absolute intellectual integrity"; someone who "doesn't make stuff up"; and "a straight shooter."
Kyl made his debut as a Fox News contributor on the March 6 edition of America's Newsroom. Co-host Martha MacCallum began by stating, "We're joined now by former Arizona Senator Jon Kyl, who is now a Fox News contributor. This is his first appearance in that role, and we welcome you back to the show. Senator, good to see you." During the segment, Kyl attacked the Obama administration over immigration reform, and suggested that the Obama administration "has no real commitment to enforcing the law" on immigration. At the conclusion of the segment, co-host Bill Hemmer told Kyl, "good to have you on board."