Arizona governor names former Sen. Jon Kyl as McCain’s replacement

Meghan Mc Cain eulogizes her father during the funeral service at the National Cathedral for Sen. John S. McCain

Meghan Mc Cain eulogizes her father during the funeral service at the National Cathedral for Sen. John S. McCain

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

Jon Kyl to replace the late John McCain, the governor said at a news conference Tuesday.

"Senator Kyl is prepared to hit the ground running".

He has been helping guide Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh through the Senate and has been a lobbyist at a Washington law firm. Kyl's appointment will make it possible for him to vote for the nomination.

A special election will be called in 2020 to fill the remainder of McCain's term, which would have ended in January 2023. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainBiden on how Dems should handle Kavanaugh hearing: "Stay in the room, demand answers" Trump biographer certain president is upset by attention for McCain Trump met with protests during trips to Va. golf club amid McCain services MORE (R-Ariz.) in the Senate, saying Kyl will be "an extraordinary Senator".

Kyl, 76, served alongside McCain in the Senate for almost two decades and rose to the No. 2 position of Senate Republican whip.

Kyl added: "I have committed to serving at least through the second session of the 115th Congress".

Once Kyl is sworn in, Republicans will return to the 51 seats they held in the 100-member Senate before McCain's death.

McCain, who died of brain cancer on August 25, was last re-elected in 2016; his term will expire in 2022.

The GOP is hoping Kyl will be a more reliable partisan vote than McCain, whose opposition to a partial repeal of President Obama's health care law pitched the party into turmoil a year ago.

"Kyl tended to be more conservative than McCain throughout his tenure in the Senate", Mark Jones, a political science professor at Rice University in Houston, said in a telephone interview.

"Jon Kyl will be an extraordinary Senator representing an extraordinary state, Arizona", Trump tweeted.

"It's a great tribute to John that he is prepared to go back into public service to help the state of Arizona", she said. In what appeared to be a veiled comparison to McCain, Kyl also joked that the president's combative nature "reminds me of somebody".

Ducey said he hopes he will serve longer. "Honors his legacy while putting some major horsepower for Arizona in the seat, at least for now", he said. He also previously served in the U.S. House.

The unusual timing of Kyl's appointment could work out for another Arizona Republican who wants to become a US senator - Rep. Martha McSally.

An attorney, Kyl speaks in a formal, reserved manner that is a sharp contrast to President Trump, and he belongs to an older, less populist vanguard of the GOP.

Kyl won also won praise from an opposition Democrat, responding to a reporter's question about the choice.

She's now locked in a tough campaign against Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema for the Senate seat Flake is vacating.

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