Published: Thu, September 06, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Former Senator Jon Kyl Appointed to Fill McCain’s Senate Seat

Former Senator Jon Kyl Appointed to Fill McCain’s Senate Seat

Jon Kyl has been tapped to replace the late Sen. He later reversed course, but several of McCain's longtime colleagues, family members and other allies heaped criticism on the president - directly and indirectly - over five days of services honoring McCain's life, culminating in a scathing denunciation of Trump by the senator's daughter, Meghan McCain, during a tearful eulogy at Washington National Cathedral. More recently, he guided Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, as he navigated meetings with senators.

Kyl was a reliable Republican vote during his time in the Senate - in contrast to McCain's occasional defiance of party leaders - and his arrival will be welcome to a GOP that has struggled with a narrow, single-vote majority while McCain was treated for the brain cancer that killed him on August 25.

"No", Kyl said flatly when asked whether he might one day serve again. Jon Kyl's willingness to go back to the Senate and replace her father, who died of brain cancer last month. Flake wrote. "There is no one more qualified and Arizona is well served". "Now Sen. Kyl can cast a vote for Kavanaugh's nomination". Jon Kyl has only committed to fill the Senate seat of the late John McCain through January of 2019. I think it is boorish.

Ducey said Kyl was "an expert on the matters facing Arizona", including water, land use and issues involving Native Americans.

McCain's wife Cindy McCain offered her congratulations to Kyl on Twitter. He will occupy the seat until a special election can be held in November 2020.

One of his first tasks will be to vote in President Donald Trump's nominee for United States Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh.

Kyl will be rejoining the Senate at a time when Democrats are eager to take control of the chamber in this year's midterms.

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.

An attorney, Kyl speaks in a formal, reserved manner that is a sharp contrast to US President Trump, and he belongs to an older, less populist vanguard of the GOP.

Kyl, 76, served alongside McCain in the Senate from 1995 until 2013 and was a consistent conservative vote. He said he hoped Kyl would consider staying in the seat longer.

Doug Cole, a veteran Republican consultant and former McCain aide, said Kyl was a safe pick. This is why he accepted the position with the stipulation that he would not commit beyond the end of this congressional session.

Representative Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House of Representatives, 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".

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

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