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Under Arizona law, Gov. Doug Ducey (R) named McCain's successor to serve until the 2020 election. Jon Kyl, a fellow Republican, will fill the Senate seat previously held by the late Sen.

Voters in 2020 will get to decide who fills the remainder of McCain's seat through 2022.

The life of Sen. "He understands how the Senate functions, and will make an immediate and positive impact benefiting all Arizonans", Ducey said.

Kyl said he accepted the appointment because he is putting country first, like McCain did so many times during his political career.

But just who is Jon Kyl? He had been replaced by Sen. He said the former senator will hold the seat until the remaining session of Congress concludes this year.

The replacement for the late John McCain in the Senate is now shepherding Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a story published Wednesday, Woods told the paper he'd discussed the idea with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY and other Democratic senators.

Kyl, who retired in 2012, will now serve alongside the man who succeeded him: Republican Jeff Flake. His expertise on water and natural resource issues will be very beneficial to our state as we face new challenges in those areas.

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"Jon Kyl has served as Brett Kavanaugh's "sherpa" through the nomination process and will undoubtedly vote for his confirmation which puts many rights we take for granted at risk, chief among them are women's reproductive rights, civil rights, voting rights, environmental rights and workers rights", Garcia said in a statement. He won election to the Senate in 1994, where he served three terms, rising to the rank of minority whip before retiring in 2013.

"He could be much more effective if he were more politique, more diplomatic - of course that's one of the things that people like about him - the fact that he isn't that way".

But citing Kyl's experience, bipartisanship and 26 years in Congress, Ducey dismissed the suggestion that he only picked Kyl because he is pro-Kavanaugh.

The former senator has a history of voting against LGBT rights. As a member of the Finance Committee, he was the chief advocate of pro-growth tax policies, including low tax rates on income, capital gains, dividends and estates.

Before his public service, Kyl practiced law at Jennings, Strouss & Salmon in Phoenix. He also served as Chairman of the RNC from 2003 to 2007.

Earlier Tuesday, he went from a news conference at the Arizona Capitol to the Phoenix airport to fly to Washington. John Henry Kyl was a U.S. Representative from Iowa.

McCain's widow, Cindy, tweeted her support for the appointment, calling his appointment "a great tribute to John". John Shadegg and Matt Salmon, and former Arizona attorney general Grant Woods.

Daniel Ruiz II, a spokesman for Gov. Doug Ducey, disclosed the timing hours after Ducey appointed Kyl to fill the seat left vacant by the death of John McCain.


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