Published: Thu, September 06, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Ex-Sen. Jon Kyl will be McCain's successor

Ex-Sen. Jon Kyl will be McCain's successor

Jon Kyl to the Senate following GOP Sen.

Kyl was appointed on Tuesday to serve as the replacement for McCain, who died of brain cancer.

Arizona's governor on Tuesday named former USA senator Jon Kyl as the temporary successor to late senator John McCain, appointing a respected and powerful former Republican lawmaker to the post.

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 US Supreme Court. "I think he's his own worst enemy", Kyl said of Trump, adding that he "could be much more effective if he were more politic, more diplomatic".

"Over the last few months, Sen".

Senate Judiciary Committee hearings began on Tuesday to consider President Donald Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh to fill a vacant U.S. Supreme Court seat.

Kyl has acted as a "sherpa" for Kavanaugh following his nomination and has helped to orchestrate his meetings with other senators.

Ducey's choice of Kyl comes after an emotional week. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., second from left, pose for a photograph with Sen.

McCain did not offer Ducey any suggestions on his successor. "He is a man without comparable peer", Ducey said.

"I'm not going to hold my breath on Trump because I'm not going to pass out", Woods said. "I'm picking him because he's the best possible person".

Since leaving the Senate, Kyl has been a lobbyist at Covington & Burling.

The Republican Ducey says he hopes that Kyl will serve longer.

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

Ducey said Kyl was "an expert on the matters facing Arizona", including water, land use and issues involving Native Americans.

Cindy McCain, the late senator's widow, applauded Ducey's appointment of Kyl. He was buried on Sunday following tributes in both Arizona and Washington.

Kyl could technically fill the seat until the next general election in 2020. Some Arizonans also said they would have liked to see McCain's wife Cindy named to fill his seat. While no date has been announced for Kyl to take the oath of office, a swearing-in typically occurs promptly after the governor's appointment. McConnell advisers doubt Ducey himself would seek the seat in 2020.

By law, Ducey was required to appoint a Republican successor to fill McCain's seat, although he nearly certainly would have tapped a Republican regardless. He's up for re-election this November against Democratic challenger David Garcia.

Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who is retiring this year after only a single term.

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".

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