Arizona’s Governor Ducey picked Jon Kyl to Fill the State’s Empty Seat in the US Senate
Former Republican Senator Jon Kyl, 76 anni, has been picked to fill Senator John McCain’s (dec) seat in the upper chamber.
Senator Kyl (R-AZ) was the second highest ranking Republican in the Senate when he retired in Y 2013 after serving 3 terms.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced his choice of the former Senator Tuesday afternoon.
Senator Kyl agreed to serve at least through the end of the year, Governor Ducey told reporters at a news conference.
He has not committed to serving until Y 2020, when there would need to be a special election to fill the final 2 years of the open term.
Governor Ducey announced his decision after a series of memorial services last week and burial Sunday at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
“I am deeply grateful to Senator Kyl for agreeing to succeed his friend and colleague of so many years,” Governor Ducey wrote. “Every single day that Jon Kyl represents Arizona in the US Senate is a day our state is well-served.”
Senator Kyl has been acting in recent weeks as the Top liaison, aka “sherpa” to the Senate on behalf of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
The political stakes are high since Senator Kyl can participate in the vote on whether to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court.
Senator Kyl served as the # 2 Republican under then Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who is now majority leader. Senator Kyl’s understated demeanor belied his role as 1 of the toughest opponents of former President Barack Hussein Obama’s policies.
As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Kyl battled Mr. Hussein Obama to preserve President George W. Bush’s tax cuts. On the Judiciary Committee and as a lawmaker from a state that shares a border with Mexico, he had a Key role in the debate over immigration law.
President Donald Trump praised the selection on Twitter: “Jon Kyl will be an extraordinary Senator representing an extraordinary state, Arizona. I look forward to working with him!” the president tweeted
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