Washington (CNN)-Arizona Rep. Trent Franks told CNN he was "seriously considering" running for retiring Senator Jon Kyl's Senate seat.
Asked if the decision by his House GOP colleague Rep. Jeff Flake to run would impact his decision on whether or not he would ultimately jump in the race, Franks responded, "Jeff is a decent man of the highest integrity." Franks then added, "of course" Flake's official announcement that's he's in would factor into his own decision on the race.
When pressed on a timetable for making an announcement Franks declined to give one.
Washington (CNN) - Republican Rep. Jeff Flake of Arizona will announce later Monday that he'll make a bid for the seat of retiring Sen. Jon Kyl, a GOP source confirms to CNN.
The three-term Kyl, the second ranking Republican in the Senate, announced Thursday that he would not run for a fourth term next year.
Washington (CNN) - Texas Sen. John Cornyn, who oversees the campaign efforts on behalf of Senate Republicans, will run for GOP whip in the next Congress, a Cornyn aide confirms to CNN.
"Let there be no mistake, Sen. Cornyn is running for whip," a senior Cornyn aide told CNN.
Washington (CNN) - Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, the second ranking Republican in the Senate, will not seek re-election for a 4th Senate term, according to two GOP sources familiar with his decision.
Kyl is now the 5th senator to announce he will leave the Senate. His departure will leave vacant a powerful spot in the Senate GOP leadership, and opens new speculation about the future of Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota.
UPDATE: Kyle will announce he is retiring.
Washington (CNN) – Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, will announce shortly whether he will retire from his seat, a source close to Kyl tells CNN.
Kyl will hold a news conference in Phoenix at 12 p.m. EST to reveal his plans.
Washington (CNN) - A top Senate Republican leader accused the Obama administration Monday of failing to promote democracy around the world with the same vigor of President George W. Bush, possibly leaving Egyptian protestors wondering if the U.S. really stands with them.
"We might be in a better position if we had more closely followed President Bush's prescription for support of greater democracy in all parts of the world," Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, said as he stepped off the Senate floor Monday. "If we had maintained that position and had that reputation in the world….then our calls today for restraint would have more credibility because the people of Egypt would know our heart was with their desire for greater representation."
(CNN) - Senate leaders disagreed Sunday over if and when to ratify a new arms control treaty with Russia.
Republican Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl said Congress has more urgent business to address than the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) when they continue the lame-duck session this week.
Washington (CNN) – Democratic Party officials are blasting out emails accusing the Senate's second ranking Republican of backtracking on his pledge not to seek earmarks, but a closer look by CNN shows their accusations appear unfounded.
At issue – a $200 million project to provide drinking water for an Indian tribe in Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl's home state of Arizona.
Washington (CNN) - CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty caught up with Sen. Jon Kyle, R-Arizona, as he walked to the Senate floor with Sen. John Kerry, D- Massachusetts. Asked about the negotiations over voting on START during the lame duck session, Kyl said, "We're talking. In good faith."
If approved, the new START treaty would re-start mutual inspections while limiting both the United States and Russia to 1,550 warheads and 700 launchers.
Top Democrats were stunned Tuesday when Kyl, the Republican point man for Senate deliberations over the treaty, said in a statement that he told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, that the accord should not be considered before January, when the newly elected Congress is seated.