Former Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., right, answers a question after Gov. Doug Ducey, R-Ariz., announced that Kyl will fill Sen. He also spoke at the brief ceremony at the Arizona Capitol last week before the public was invited in to see McCain lying in state.
Former Sen Jon Kyl has only agreed to a brief appointment filling the late John McCain's senate seat.
Many names had emerged as possibilities to fill John MCCain's seat, including Cindy McCain, former Reps.
A spokesman for the Arizona governor says Jon Kyl could be sworn in as a USA senator as soon as Tuesday evening but it will likely occur Wednesday. "Kyl for agreeing to succeed his friend and college of so many years".
As Ducey's tweet suggested, Kyl is a guaranteed vote for Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick, already serving as Kavanaugh's "sherpa" through the confirmation process.
Kyl, an attorney, was appointed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a fellow Republican who called him the best person for the job "regardless of politics" and said he hopes Kyl stays in the post longer. Jon Kyl but said he has only committed to serve until the end of the year.
In the coming months, Kyl will have the opportunity to vote on several issues that have been involved in his lobbying activities, from immigration to national security.
Ducey, a Republican, was required by law to appoint a member of McCain's party to fill his seat.
Kyl, 76, served alongside McCain for three terms and was the second-ranking Republican in the Senate before his retirement in 2012.
Kyl, a lobbyist, dismissed the idea that his work will impede his ability to serve in the Senate. "There is no one more qualified and Arizona is well served", Flake tweeted. However, with Kyl saying he won't run for re-election, it also leaves open the possibility of a bruising primary in 2020. Son Jon was first elected to the U.S. House in 1987 representing Arizona's 4 district, where he served until his election to the U.S. Senate in 1995.
"I think McCain would be very happy with the pick". If he is unwilling to serve until the next general election in 2020, the governor would have to appoint another interim senator. The seat will then be on the ballot again in 2022. By picking a "caretaker" replacement - i.e., someone who would not seek reelection in 2020 - Ducey could avoid alienating either contingent, and allow Republican primary voters a chance to choose the seat's long-term occupant. Those who know Kyl say that he is more likely to be a bridge-builder than a Trump antagonist along the lines of McCain, Flake or Ben Sasse, R-Neb. "Jon Kyl" and that he is "prepared to hit the ground running".