Former senator Jon Kyl steps in to fill McCain's Arizona Senate seat

Jon Kyl will fill the late John McCain's Senate seat.

Meghan McCain discussed the many faces of the senator during her speech, saying at one point that the most important role he played was as a father.

Doug Ducey named former Sen. "Sen. Kyl is prepared to hit the ground running". He's currently working as a top adviser to Judge Brett Kavanaugh as Republicans try to get him confirmed to the Supreme Court, and now will soon get to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Now, he will be casting a vote in the confirmation hearings that began earlier in the day.

Kyl, 76, served for 18 years alongside McCain in the Senate, until 2013, and said he would be "honored" to return to the chamber.

"I'm willing to serve certainly through the end of this session at least to make sure that the business that is now ongoing is taken care of", Kyl said.

Cindy McCain, whose name had been floated as a possible successor to her husband, tweeted the news shortly before the governor's press conference, calling Kyl "a dear friend of mine and John's".

McCain, who died of brain cancer at age 81 on August 25, would have been up for re-election to his seventh term in November 2022.

McCain, who served 32 years in the U.S. Senate, was laid to rest at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery after the 2 p.m. service at the chapel in Annapolis, Md., according to McCain's website.

For now, Kyl will pad Republicans' margin in the narrowly divided Senate.

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) speaks after being awarded the 2017 Liberty Medal by former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (unseen) at the Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., October 16, 2017.

As ET previously reported, John died at the age of 81 at his home in Arizona, surrounded by his family. "I like people that weren't captured".

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

But I think there's a happy medium", Kyl said.

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

Since leaving the Senate, Kyl has worked as a lobbyist at Covington & Burling in Washington DC.

"I look forward to going to Washington and getting to work", Kyl said. Trump had infamously attacked McCain's service, suggesting the veteran isn't a war hero, claiming, "I prefer people who weren't captured".

  • Kyle Peterson