Arizona's Jon Kyl is a Senator Again

Arizona's Jon Kyl is a Senator Again

Widow Cindy McCain said it was a "great tribute" to her late husband that their close friend Kyl will return to public service by assuming McCain's seat. The Arizona Republic reported Ducey's intention to replace McCain with Kyl prior to his Tuesday morning press conference in Arizona.

Many wondered whether Ducey might appoint a member of McCain's family, either his wife, Cindy, or daughter, Meghan, to take his seat.

In a prepared statement, the governor's office said Kyl's "expertise on water and natural resource issues will be very beneficial to our state as we face new challenges in those areas", noting that Arizona State University's Kyl Center for Water Policy is named for him.

As Ducey's tweet suggested, Kyl is a guaranteed vote for Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick, already serving as Kavanaugh's "sherpa" through the confirmation process.

Doug Ducey, left, appointed former U.S. Sen. The victor there will serve the remainder of McCain's term, until the 2022 election.

He would provide more of a cushion to a Republican victory in the deeply divided Senate given that McCain had been too sick all year to cast votes in Washington.

We are all saddened by the circumstances that required this appointment and appreciate there was only one John McCain.

"Every single day that Jon Kyl represents Arizona in the United States Senate is a day when our state is being well-served". The law also allows that appointment to carry through until the next election, which would be in 2020.

More news: Former senator Jon Kyl will fill Sen. John McCain's seat

That's also the year voters will decide in a special election who fills the remainder of McCain's seat through 2022. Ducey said that it is possible that Kyl will resign as soon as the end of this year when the congressional session wraps up.

"It's my hope that he serves longer".

Jon Llewellyn Kyl was born in Nebraska and received his Bachelor of Arts and LLB (short for the Latin for Legum Baccalaureus) which is an undergraduate degree in law. John McCain, who died last month at the age of 81.

In February, Kyl said of Trump: "I don't like his style".

McCain's fellow Arizonan, retiring U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, who has been one of Trump's most prominent Republican critics, praised the pick on Twitter, calling it "an excellent choice!"

The Republican Ducey says he hopes that Kyl will serve longer.

His appointment now allows him to vote for the nomination.

Asked about those comments on Tuesday, Kyl said he stood by his criticism - albeit while appearing to compare Trump's aggressive posture to that of McCain's.

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