Trump praises Arizona governor's pick of Jon Kyl to succeed McCain

Former Arizona Republican Sen. Jon Kyl whom the Arizona governor has picked to fill out the remainder of the late Sen. John McCain's seat

Doug Ducey was to announce his decision on Tuesday.

Jon Kyl, a fellow Republican, will fill the Senate seat previously held by the late Sen.

Cindy McCain, the late senator's wife, praised the selection of Kyl on Twitter, calling him "a dear friend of mine and John's". John McCain's seat in the U.S. Senate at a news conference at the Arizona Capitol Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Phoenix. John McCain at a memorial service inside the Arizona State Capitol Rotunda on August 29.

Mr. Kyl, who had risen to be the second-ranking Republican in the Senate before retiring in 2012, served alongside McCain for 18 years.

Ducey said he received an abundance of advice on the appointment - much of it unsolicited, the governor joked. Jon Kyl to succeed Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., leave the chamber. Then, in 2022, the seat will be on the ballot for a full six-year term.

Arizona's governor would be required by state law to appoint another Republican before the 2020 election.

Cindy McCain and daughter Meghan McCain were both rumored to be potential candidates to fill the vacant seat.

Kyl was appointed by Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey but agreed only to a brief appointment through January 2019.

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Kyl served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives before he was first elected to the Senate in 1994.

Ducey's appointment comes the same day as confirmation hearings begin for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, whom Kyl is shepherding through the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation process.

Ducey signaled Kyl could be sworn into the Senate in the coming days and pushed back against allegations that the appointment was a politically-motivated move based exclusively on the supreme court nomination.

Jon Kyl, shortly before he retired from the Senate.

Kyl, 76, served alongside McCain in the Senate and is a reliable conservative vote.

Former Republican Sen. Jon Kyl has been tapped to replace the late Sen. The seat has been held by two men who were heralded as giants of the Senate: McCain took the seat once held by Sen. "I don't really have a relationship with President Trump". "Kudos to Senator Kyl for his willingness to serve once again".

Kyl, a lobbyist, dismissed the idea that his work will impede his ability to serve in the Senate. John Shadegg and Matt Salmon, and former Arizona attorney general Grant Woods. However, he had said anyone who lobbied for the appointment before the senator's death would be disqualified.

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