Former Republican Senator Jon Kyl To Fill John McCain's Arizona Seat

Sen. Jon Kyl walks through the Capitol on Nov. 15 2011

Ducey asked Kyl if he would accept the appointment on August 25, the day that McCain died, according to two people close to the governor. "I consider it a great privilege to have served with John and I will miss him as a friend and as a strong force for America in the world", Kyl said at the memorial service for McCain in Phoenix. McCain's widow, Cindy chimed in on Twitter with congratulations and laudatory comments about Kyl.

A spokesman for the Arizona governor says Jon Kyl could be sworn in as a us senator as soon as Tuesday evening but it will likely occur Wednesday.

"I'm putting my country first, just as this seat's previous occupant did every single day for more than 30 years", Kyl said of McCain.

Kyl's appointment means the Republican attorney who had been guiding President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, through the confirmation process will now have a vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Ducey says Kyl has committed to serve through the end of this year and the governor hopes he will serve longer.

Once he is sworn in Wednesday, Kyl will cast crucial votes in the coming weeks on Kavanaugh's nomination, government spending and possibly billions for a U.S. -Mexico border wall and perhaps another round of tax cuts.

Kyl is an experienced foreign policy hand and will be entering a narrowly divided Senate where Republicans could gain or lose seats in November.

"With almost two decades of experience in the Senate serving along side John McCain, Senator Kyl is prepared to hit the ground running", Ducey said.

Cindy McCain disclosed the choice Tuesday ahead of a news conference by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, who will make the appointment.

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Jon Kyl, shortly before he retired from the Senate. "There is no one more qualified and Arizona is well served", Flake tweeted.

That said, Kyl has not ruled out remaining in the seat until 2020.

Jon Kyl will be an extraordinary Senator representing an extraordinary state, Arizona.

Kyl will fill the Arizona Senate seat until the next general election in 2020.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) said in a statement, "Governor Ducey today made an excellent choice in Jon Kyl to return to the U.S. Senate". Then, in 2022, the seat will be on the ballot for a full six-year term.

At a news conference, Kyl said he has only met Trump once, several months ago. "That is much easier said than done, but he is a very high-quality, consensus pick".

Jon Kyl remembers the late Sen.

Ducey, meanwhile, will placate Arizona Republicans through his own re-election bid this fall.

Filling McCain's seat marks a turning point in Arizona political history. "I'm picking him because he's the best possible person".

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