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SEPTEMBER 7, 2018
Good choice. Former Republican Sen. Jon Kyl has been tapped to replace the late Sen. John McCain in the Senate. Kyl, 76, served three terms in the Senate, rising to become the No. 2 Republican before retiring in 2013. He has been helping guide Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh through the Senate and has been a lobbyist at a Washington law firm. He also previously served in the U.S. House. In making the announcement, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, said "there is no one in Arizona with the stature of Sen. Jon Kyl" and that he is "prepared to hit the ground running."
A source close to Ducey told NPR "there are
weighty things transpiring in Congress and there is no one better to deal
with them than Jon Kyl." Kyl will serve through the remainder of this year
and will be able to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination. Ducey said he hopes
he will serve longer. Kyl, though, would not commit Tuesday to staying
beyond this term of Congress, saying, "I do know I will not seek this seat
in 2020 nor any other office in the future." Kyl said he decided to return
to the Senate because of his sense of duty "to the state I love," adding,
"I'm putting my country first just as this seat's previous occupant did
every single day." McCain, who died of brain cancer on Aug. 25, was last
re-elected in 2016; his term will expire in 2022.