Former Sen. Jon Kyl to replace McCain (VIDEO)
By Chris Eger
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday announced that the former lawmaker is coming out of retirement to fill the late Sen. John McCain’s seat.
The move came after a week of public mourning following McCain’s death and put to rest speculation as to who would assume the late Senator’s seat in Washington. Ducey said Kyl, who spent three decades in Congress, is the right man for the job.
“There is no one in Arizona more prepared to represent our state in the U.S. Senate than Jon Kyl,” said Ducey, a Republican.”He understands how the Senate functions and will make an immediate and positive impact benefiting all Arizonans.”
Kyl, 76, was elected to the U.S House in 1987 after a career as a lawyer and lobbyist. He retired as a Senator in 2013, going out as Senate Minority Whip, a job he filled after Mississippi’s Trent Lott. Since then, he has returned to work as a lobbyist and has for the past several weeks filled the role as Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s “sherpa,” in arranging introductions to lawmakers.
“There is much unfinished business, including confirmation of President Trump’s nominees for judicial and executive branch positions, and I look forward to getting to work