Jon Kyl sworn in as Senator by VP Pence

Jon Kyl sworn in as Senator by VP Pence

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, R, will appoint former Sen.

Jon Kyl remembers the late Sen.

A special election will be called in 2020 to fill the remainder of McCain's term, which would have ended in January 2023. He's agreed to serve through at least the end of the year, though the governor said he hopes he'll get the commitment from Kyl to serve longer. Although he has worked closely with the White House on the supreme court nomination, Kyl, much like McCain, has been critical of Trump's presidency. Ducey said he had already talked to Senate leadership about getting Kyl sworn in as soon as possible. I wish I could say the same for Arizona's other Senator, but that was not my experience with [John] McCain.

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

Ducey asked Kyl if he would accept the appointment on August 25, the day that McCain died, according to two people close to the governor.

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McCain was one of the GOP's most vocal Trump critics.

"Now, senator Kyl can cast a vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation". The governor confirmed the news in a tweet Tuesday morning as well, saying "I am deeply grateful to Senator Kyl for agreeing to succeed his friend and colleague of so many years". Every single day that Jon Kyl represents #Arizona in the U.S. Senate is a day our state is well-served. I think it is boorish.

"He understands how the Senate functions and will make an immediate and positive impact benefiting all Arizonans".

McCain's widow, Cindy McCain, tweeted on Tuesday her congratulations and support for Kyl.

Governor Ducey said he would like to keep Kyl in the Senate until McCain's seat is up for relection in 2020.

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One of his first tasks will be to vote in President Donald Trump's nominee for United States Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh.

McConnell did not push for Kyl's appointment to fill McCain's seat - the decision was made by Ducey alone - but is very supportive of the move, knowing it gives the GOP room to lose one Republican senator and still confirm Kavanaugh, two GOP sources with knowledge of the matter said. "Upon his appointment today, Mr. Kyl said, "... when I left the Senate nearly six years ago, I had no intention of returning.

Woods could encounter difficulties in a Democratic primary, given his long-standing ties to the Republican Party. McCain's death has led him to consider "whether I need to step up at this point in time", he said. "But Kyl always seemed like a straight-shooter to me, and when he left office back in 2013, I was sad to see him go".

Kyl is well-respected in Arizona and has been able to avoid numerous battles with activists that complicated McCain's career and that of the state's other senator, Jeff Flake, who is retiring because his feud with Trump made his re-election impossible.

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