Kyl To Replace McCain In Senate

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

The governor of Arizona announced Tuesday that he will appoint former Sen.

Kyl, who served alongside McCain during his 18 years in the U.S. Senate, will fly to Washington, D.C., following Ducey's announcement. Kyl will return to the chamber, succeeding the late John McCain.

"John Kyl is a dear friend of mine and John's", she tweeted.

Appointing McCain's replacement was a tricky task for Ducey, as it required him to balance several competing concerns.

He served alongside McCain for almost two decades before retiring in 2013, and served as senate minority whip during his service, making him a key Republican leader.

Either way, Kyle is expected to be a placeholder, not running in 2020, when voters will get to decide who fills the remainder of McCain's seat through 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, 76, had served in the Senate for three terms, until the end of 2012. Unlike McCain, Kyl is not one to "go off the Republican reservation" and will likely make things better for President Trump as he endeavors to push his legislative agenda through the 115 Congress.

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

Kyl is acting as "sherpa" for Kavanaugh, leading him through the confirmation process. In other words, Kyl might serve just long enough to provide McConnell with a spare vote for confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court (before his appointment, Kyl was leading the outside lobbying effort to secure Kavanaugh's confirmation) - and then step down, thereby allowing a newly reelected governor Ducey to put a younger, more ambitious conservative in his place.

"I will miss him as a friend, and a strong force for America and the world", Kyl said. He brings exceptional gravitas as well as ties to this White House - though he said he's only met President Trump once.

He adds that Arizona "will be well-served by Jon's willingness to once again serve his country".

Sen. John McCain's widow says former Sen.

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.

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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