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This page is about the 20th-century Iowa Congressman; for the 19th-century Mississippi Congressman, see John Kyle; for the Arizona Senator, see Jon Kyl.

John Henry Kyl (May 9, 1919 – December 23, 2002) was an American politician and Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Iowa. He was the father of Jon Kyl, a U.S. Senator from Arizona, who served as Senate Minority Whip.

John Henry Kyl
John Henry Kyl.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1973
Preceded byBert Bandstra
Succeeded byNeal Edward Smith
In office
December 15, 1959 – January 3, 1965
Preceded bySteven V. Carter
Succeeded byBert Bandstra
Personal details
Born(1919-05-09)May 9, 1919
Wisner, Nebraska, U.S.
DiedDecember 23, 2002(2002-12-23) (aged 83)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Arlene Griffith
Children3, including Jon Kyl

Life and careerEdit

Kyl was born in Wisner, Nebraska, the son of Johanna (née Boonstra) and Jon George Kyl, both Dutch immigrants.[1][2] He graduated from Nebraska State Teachers College (Wayne, Nebraska) and the University of Nebraska. He was a teacher at Nebraska State Teachers College from 1940 to 1950. In the 1950s he moved to Bloomfield, Iowa where he joined his brother George in the clothing business. He also worked as a television journalist for KTVO, in Ottumwa, Iowa.

Kyl ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1958, losing to Democrat Steven V. Carter. However, Carter died on November 4, 1959 after less than one year in office. Kyl then won a special election to fill the vacancy. He continued to serve as the Representative from Iowa's 4th congressional district for two additional terms, but was defeated in the Democratic landslide in 1964. He recaptured his former seat in 1966, and then won re-election in 1968 and 1970. Reapportionment after the 1970 census put him into the same district as incumbent Democrat Neal Edward Smith, who defeated him in the 1972 election.

He was assistant secretary for congressional and legislative affairs in the Department of the Interior from 1973 to 1977.

He was husband to Arlene Kyl, and he died of complications due to diabetes.[3]


  1. ^ "1". Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  2. ^ "United States Census, 1920", FamilySearch, retrieved March 20, 2018
  3. ^ "John Henry Kyl (1919–2002)". Find A Grave. Retrieved 10 August 2018.

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