Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Arizona politicians welcome the news of Kyl's appointment to McCain seat

Former Sen. Jon Kyl to finish out John McCain's term Former Sen. Jon Kyl Will Replace McCain, According To Report
Rosie Leonard | 05 September, 2018, 14:56

Ducey told reporters on Tuesday at his office at the Arizona Capitol tower that he made the decision with careful deliberation and sought to pick the most qualified person.

Sen. John McCain's widow has revealed that the governor of Arizona is planning to name former US Sen. John McCain at a memorial service inside the Arizona State Capitol Rotunda on August 29.

Former Senator Kyl served alongside Senator McCain and has been a champion for Arizona on many important issues including critical water issues impacting our state.

Ducey confirmed the appointment during a news conference on Tuesday.

Kyl, 76, served three terms in the Senate, rising to become the number two Republican before retiring in 2013. 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.). From 2007 until he left the Senate in 2013, he was the Senate minority whip. State law prescribes how a vacant seat in Congress is filled after a death, resignation or expulsion.

McCain, who died of brain cancer at age 81 on August 25, would have been up for re-election to his seventh term in November 2022.

If Kyl does leave the Senate after the end of the current congressional term next January 3, Arizona's governor can appoint another senator for the remaining year. Jon Kyl will be named as her deceased husband's replacement in the U.S. Senate.

Ducey's appointment comes the same day as confirmation hearings begin for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, whom Kyl is shepherding through the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation process. Jon Kyl to fill the Senate seat for the late Sen.

Ducey says he received a lot of advice about naming McCain's successor, but kept coming back to one name: Jon Kyl. One of the first votes he will cast when he is sworn in as senator will be on the confirmation of Kavanaugh to the high court. He brings exceptional gravitas as well as ties to this White House - though he said he's only met President Trump once.

"There is no one in Arizona with the stature of Senator Jon Kyl".

Kyl retired in 2012 after a lengthy career in the Senate.

Republican President Donald Trump had long feuded with McCain and did not attend the senator's memorials in Arizona and Washington over the past week, at McCain's request.

An ardent supporter of Kavanaugh, it comes as no surprise that Ducey tapped someone who will vote to confirm him to the Supreme Court.

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