Who is filling John McCain’s Senate seat?

Sen. Jon Kyl walks through the Capitol on Nov. 15 2011

Sen. Jon Kyl walks through the Capitol on Nov. 15 2011

During a press conference held Tuesday morning, Gov. Doug Ducey announced the appointment of Kyl.

Former Sen Jon Kyl has only agreed to a brief appointment filling the late John McCain's senate seat. Ducey said that it is possible that Kyl will resign as soon as the end of this year when the congressional session wraps up. President Trump expressed his support for the former senator on Tuesday, while Kyl said at a news conference that he doesn't "really have a relationship with President Trump" and met him only once.

He has been helping guide Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh through the Senate and has been a lobbyist at a Washington law firm. He said in a statement, "I've asked Sen". The governor's spokesperson said last week that Ducey would wait until the services for McCain had concluded to select someone to replace the Arizona senator.

The GOP is hoping he'll be a more reliable partisan vote than McCain, whose opposition to a partial repeal of President Obama's health care law pitched the party into turmoil past year.

Despite the short window, Kyl will likely be able to vote for Kavanaugh as the Supreme Court nominee.

"Jon Kyl will be an extraordinary Senator representing an extraordinary state, Arizona", Trump said in a tweet congratulating Kyl.

Kyl served alongside McCain in the Senate from 1995 until 2013, rose to the No. 2 GOP leadership post and was a consistent conservative vote. "It's challenging for me be so involved in everything that we did to honor him over the last week and then think of staying on the sidelines as we face a world without John McCain".

Ducey made his selection primarily on the basis of Kyl's reputation and ability to hit the ground running in the Senate, one of the people close to him said.

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The appointment was tweeted by McCain's widow, Cindy.

The appointee will fill the seat until the next general election in 2020.

Doug Cole, a veteran Republican consultant and former McCain aide, said Kyl was a good, safe pick.

When Kyl joins the Senate, Republicans will restore their 51-to-49 advantage over Democrats for the first time this year.

When Kyl is sworn in, he will join Goldwater as having served in the role after leaving.

"I will not seek this seat in 2020, nor any other office in the future", Kyl said. Ducey, a Republican, is required by Arizona law to name a Republican to replace the Republican McCain. Unlike McCain, whose record was mixed, Kyl voted in favor of a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in 2006, and for ending special funding for minority and women-owned businesses.

McCain's fellow Arizonan, retiring U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, who has been one of the loudest Republican critics of Trump, praised the pick on Twitter.

Kyl will be entering a narrowly divided senate where Republicans could gain or lose seats in November.

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