Former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl to Be Named as John McCain’s Replacement

Carla Harmon
September 4, 2018

"But the law requires me to do it".

"John Kyl is a dear friend of mine and John's, Cindy McCain tweeted. He is a man without comparable peer", Mr. Ducey said.

One scheduled speaker at the service, Sen.

"I look forward to going to Washington and getting to work", Kyl said. "Sen. Kyl is prepared to hit the ground running".

Widow Cindy McCain said it was a "great tribute" to her late husband that their close friend Kyl will return to public service by assuming McCain's seat.


In this handout photo released by the US Navy, F/A-18 Super Hornets from Strike Fighter Squadrons (VFA) 31, VFA-32, VFA-87 and VFA-105 honour late Senator John McCain (R-AZ) with a fly-over of the United States Naval Academy during his burial service on September 2, 2018 in Annapolis, Maryland. Doug Ducey is expected to announce Tuesday. What an excellent choice!

McCain's fellow Arizonan, retiring U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, who has been one of the loudest Republican critics of Trump, praised the pick on Twitter.

Whether Kyl serves for just months or through 2020 he will nearly certainly serve as a placeholder, setting up what will likely be a contested race in 2020 in the GOP-leaning but purple-trending state. Mr McCain, who died on 25 August, aged 81, from the effects of brain cancer, was buried in a plot of land next to his Naval Academy classmate and lifelong friend Adm.

"I'm hoping that the senator will consider serving longer" than this year, Ducey said.

He will then have to stand for re-election two years later in 2022. John Shadegg and Matt Salmon, and former Arizona attorney general Grant Woods.


Appointing McCain's replacement was a tricky task for Ducey, as it required him to balance several competing concerns. However, he had said anyone who lobbied for the appointment before the senator's death would be disqualified. He's also a reliable conservative vote, though not the most conservative qualified politician Ducey could have picked. "I like people that weren't captured". On Friday, he was honored by House and Senate members from both sides of the political aisle as he laid in state in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Building.

Kyl, a Republican who retired from the Senate in 2012 to spend more time with his family, is now shepherding Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Since leaving the Senate, Kyl has worked as a lobbyist at Covington & Burling in Washington DC. His clients at the firm Covington & Burling this year have included Qualcomm Inc., JW Aluminum, mining company Freeport-McMoRan, the Coalition for American Retirement and the private equity investor Gordon Sondland, who is co-founder of Aspen Capital, according to congressional lobbying disclosures.

He retired at the end of his third term in January 2013.

"The feistiness of that man, standing up time and time again", Sam Smith said, adding that he was a fan of McCain's effort toward campaign reform and better regulation of banks. "But I think there's a happy medium".


Elected to his first Senate term in 1994, Kyl, 68, was the Senate Majority Whip. Kyl, age 76, used to represent Arizona in the Senate.

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