Former senator Jon Kyl steps in to fill McCain's Arizona Senate seat
- Author: Kyle Peterson Sep 05, 2018,
Sep 05, 2018, 0:31
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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".