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".
In choosing Kyl, Ducey tapped a figure who is well-liked by both Trump's political team and McCain's family and allies. In other words, Kyl might serve just long enough to provide McConnell with a spare vote for confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court (before his appointment, Kyl was leading the outside lobbying effort to secure Kavanaugh's confirmation) - and then step down, thereby allowing a newly reelected governor Ducey to put a younger, more ambitious conservative in his place.
"I wanted to pick the best possible person regardless of politics", Ducey said, as he explained his decision at a news conference in Arizona. "Kudos to Senator Kyl for his willingness to serve once again". John McCain, R-Ariz., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Phoenix.
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.
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His appointment now allows him to vote for the nomination. Jon Kyl will be named as her deceased husband's replacement in the U.S. Senate.
'I think McCain would be very happy with the pick.
Ducey said Kyl was "an expert on the matters facing Arizona", including water, land use and issues involving Native Americans. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) term, a choice praised by Cindy McCain. The victor of that special election will fill the remaining two years of McCain's term. Jon Kyl is ready to cast a vote for Brett Kavanaugh to be nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Jon Kyl, once one of the most powerful Republicans in the U.S. Senate, will return to Capitol Hill to succeed the late Sen.
Ducey also says he hopes Kyl will serve longer than his commitment to fill the seat until January 2019.
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Following Ducey's announcement, Kyl won quick praise from an opposition Democrat.
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The ex-senator said he was willing to serve through at least the end of the current Congress "to make sure that the business that is now ongoing is taken care of".
Republican Jon Kyl of Arizona, who served three terms in the Senate before retiring in 2012, was sworn in Wednesday to fill the seat left open by the death of Sen.
Representative Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, said given that the Arizona governor was "not going to appoint somebody who is going to vote with us, it's a pretty good appointment".
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Kyl will be entering a narrowly divided senate where Republicans could gain or lose seats in November.