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Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona has selected Jon Kyl to replace McCain
After John McCain’s tragic death in August, there was much chatter about how would be selected by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey to fill McCain’s senate seat until 2020, when an election will be held to fill the seat until the end of McCain’s term in 2022. Arizona law required the replacement that be of the same party as McCain and many wondered if Ducey, who is also in the midst of an election campaign, would appoint a family member of McCain or even a former GOP primary candidate for Jeff Flake’s seat.
On September 4th, in the midst of the contentious Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, Governor Ducey announced that he would be appointing the man who had been sherpa to Kavanaugh during the confirmation process to McCain’s seat. Kyl has experience in the Senate, having represented Arizona there from 1995 to 2013.
John McCain’s widow, Cindy, offered her support for Ducey’s decision, tweeting
Jon Kyl is a dear friend of mine and John’s. It’s a great tribute to John that he is prepared to go back into public service to help the state of Arizona.
— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) September 4, 2018
Jon Kyl is 76-years-old and a solid conservative voter. Back in May 2018, Kyl was brought in by Facebook to help investigate claims of anti-conservative bias. While a senator, Kyl also served as the Senate Minority Whip. He made his original career as a lobbyist and also served in the House of Representatives from 1987 to 1995. Kyl has almost made it clear that he will not run for reelection in 2020, so a new face will fill McCain’s seat then. Kyl is a graduate of the University of Arizona and the father of two children.