Former Sen. Jon Kyl to replace McCain in the Senate

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From 1987 to 1995, Kyl served as a member of the House of Representatives from Arizona.

Kyl committed to serving only through the current session, which ends in January.

Kyl, 76, retired from the Senate after three terms in 2012 and became a lobbyist. He was buried on Sunday following tributes in both Arizona and Washington. John McCain, who died last month at the age of 81.

"There is no one in Arizona with the stature of Jon Kyl".

Kyl's appointment restores Republicans to 51-49 control of the chamber which they'll need for the upcoming vote on Judge Kavanaugh. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) Tuesday to replace the late Sen.

That could help another Arizona Republican who is now trying to join the U.S. Senate - Rep. Martha McSally.

She's now locked in a tough campaign against Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema for the Senate seat Flake is vacating. Martha McSally in a race Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates a Toss-up.

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

Arizona voters will get to decide who should fill McCain's former seat in the 2020 election and then again in 2022.

She's a former Air Force colonel and the first female combat pilot.

"Kyl always had the office door open for his constituents".

Kyl confirmed the details recounted by the people close to the governor, calling them "essentially correct".

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"I think McCain would be very happy with the pick".

The Grand Canyon State has produced Senate icons such as Democrat Carl Hayden and Republicans Barry Goldwater and John McCain, whose service was measured in decades. Kyl's appointment may make it possible for him to vote for the nomination.

Kyl is an experienced foreign policy hand and will be entering a narrowly divided Senate where Republicans could gain or lose seats in November. Flake wrote. "There is no one more qualified and Arizona is well served".

"There is no one in Arizona more prepared to represent our state in the US Senate than Jon Kyl", Doug Ducey, the governor from Arizona, followed up in a statement.

"When others were looking into Vladimir Putin's eyes, with an eye of understanding him and reaching accommodation with him, John, of course, said: I looked into his eyes and saw KGB", Kyl said.

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

Flake decided not to run for re-election this year.

Arizona's governor on Tuesday named former United States senator Jon Kyl as the temporary successor to late senator John McCain, appointing a respected and powerful former Republican lawmaker to the post. McCain died August 25 after a long struggle with brain cancer.

In a February interview with Phoenix-based radio station KJZZ, Kyl described Trump as a "phenomenon that has to be dealt with" and took aim at his combative manner. "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".

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

Woods could encounter difficulties in a Democratic primary, given his long-standing ties to the Republican Party.

Kyl says he did not want to commit for a longer period because when he left his Senate seat previously he had no intention of returning.

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