Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

Jon Kyl Returning to Senate to Serve Remainder of McCain's Term

Jon Kyl Returning to Senate to Serve Remainder of McCain's Term

Gov. Doug Ducey will appoint former Sen.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey will announce that former Republican senator Jon Kyl will replace John McCain in the Senate according to CNN.

Cindy McCain praised Kyl's selection, saying he was a friend of her family. "It's a great tribute to John that he is prepared to go back into public service to help the state of Arizona", she wrote. The governor's spokesperson said last week that Ducey would wait until the services for McCain had concluded to select someone to replace the Arizona senator.

The unusual timing of Kyl's appointment could work out for another Arizona Republican who wants to become a USA senator - Rep. Martha McSally. In 2012, Kyl was named Arizonan of the Year by the Arizona Republic. He served as the Senate Minority Whip during this time frame.

The appointment of Kyl will run through 2020, at which time a special election will determine who will fill the remainder of McCain's term, which ends in 2022.

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.

Kyl's appointment to the Senate comes after he ruled out a return to Congress in his February interview with the Phoenix radio station.

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.

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For now, Kyl will pad Republicans' margin in the narrowly divided Senate. Jon Kyl to fill the late Sen.

With McCain's passing, the Senate has lost a voice that served as a strong check on Trump's actions.

Ducey appeared with Kyl at a press conference on Tuesday, where the governor said there was little doubt in his mind over who should succeed McCain.

"No", Kyl said flatly when asked whether he might one day serve again.

Ducey is required to appoint a replacement under Arizona law. "Now, Sen. Kyl can cast a vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation".

Ducey says Kyl has already worked closely with the White House on the nomination for months.

"Jon Kyl has served as Brett Kavanaugh's "sherpa" through the nomination process and will undoubtedly vote for his confirmation which puts many rights we take for granted at risk, chief among them are women's reproductive rights, civil rights, voting rights, environmental rights and workers rights", Garcia said in a statement. However, he had said anyone who lobbied for the appointment before the senator's death would be disqualified.

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