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Despite coming in a very close second in the November midterm election, Rep. Martha McSally, a former fighter pilot in the military, will be headed to the Senate after all.
When Senator John McCain died in August, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced that former Senator Jon Kyl would fill his seat until a new election could be held. Now, less than six months after taking the job, Kyl, who also served as a sherpa for now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, is stepping down.
Ducey announced this past week that Rep. Martha McSally would step in and fill the McCain’s seat until the next election, assuming she doesn’t step down before the election, scheduled for November 3, 2020.
In a statement announced the appointment, Governor Ducey said,
“All her life, Martha has put service first — leading in the toughest of fights and at the toughest of times. She served 26 years in the military; deployed six times to the Middle East and Afghanistan; was the first woman to fly in combat and command a fighter squadron in combat; and she’s represented Southern Arizona in Congress for the past four years. With her experience and long record of service, Martha is uniquely qualified to step up and fight for Arizona’s interests in the U.S. Senate. I thank her for taking on this significant responsibility and look forward to working with her and Senator-Elect Sinema to get positive things done.”