Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Jon Kyl, Former Republican Senator, Picked to Replace McCain

Jon Kyl, Former Republican Senator, Picked to Replace McCain

Doug Ducey on Tuesday appointed former Sen. "There is much unfinished business, including confirmation of President Trump's nominees for judicial and executive branch positions, and I look forward to getting to work on behalf of my fellow Arizonans", said Senator Jon Kyl.

"There is no one in Arizona more prepared to represent our state in the U.S. Senate than Jon Kyl", Ducey said in a statement, according to the Arizona Republic. "Kyl could be sworn in as early as Tuesday night, though Wednesday is more likely, the aide said".

"Jon Kyl will be an extraordinary Senator representing an extraordinary state, Arizona", Trump tweeted. If Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) doesn't win her Senate election this fall against Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), that leaves the door open for Ducey to then appoint her for the next two years. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., a vocal critic of the president, praising the move.

By law, Ducey was required to appoint a Republican successor to fill McCain's seat, although he nearly certainly would have tapped a Republican regardless.

Voters in 2020 will get to decide who fills the remainder of McCain's seat through 2022.

Kyl served four two-year terms in the U.S. House of Representatives before he was first elected to a six-year stint in the Senate in 1994.

Kyl, a Republican who retired from the Senate in 2012 to spend more time with his family, is now shepherding Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. Kyl's appointment may make it possible for him to vote for the nomination.

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"As I contemplated who could best serve our state in US Senate, I kept coming back to one person", Ducey said.

The conservative former pol will pad Republicans' narrow margin in the Senate. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) to fill the late Sen.

By Tuesday evening, it was clear that Ducey's appointment of Kyl had succeeded in bringing about a rare moment of harmony, with Trump, McCain's family and Sen.

McCain's office said an estimated 15,000 people came to see the late senator as he lay in state in the Arizona state Capitol for a public viewing several days after his death. "I don't really have a relationship with President Trump".

Kyl says he did not want to commit for a longer period because when he left his Senate seat previously he had no intention of returning.

Ducey is required to appoint a replacement under Arizona law.

As a Senator, Kyl voted against the nomination of Justice Elena Kagan because she didn't support the now-overturned "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy that prevented gays and lesbians from serving in the military, saying it was "bad policy".

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