Former Senator Jon Kyl named as McCain’s replacement

Photo By Celisse Jones/Cronkite News: Governor Doug Ducey appoints Jon Kyl to succeed the late Sen. John McCain in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

By Daisy Finch/Cronkite News

PHOENIX – Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday announced that former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl will replace Sen. John McCain in the Senate.

“There is no one in Arizona more prepared to represent our state in the U.S. Senate than Jon Kyl,” Ducey said Tuesday. “He understands how the Senate functions and will make an immediate and positive impact benefiting all Arizonans.”

Kyl will come out of retirement to serve at least through the end of the year.

At the news conference, Ducey said Kyl represented Arizona in the U.S. Senate from 1995 through January 3, 2013. He had served as minority whip, the second-highest ranking position in the Republican conference and served in the House of Representatives from 1987 through 1995.

McCain died in August after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. Under Arizona law, if a vacancy occurs in one of the state’s two Senate seats, the governor is required to name a replacement of the same party as the departed senator.

This is the first time in Arizona’s history that a Senate seat has been filled by the governor, according to a list on the Senate’s web page.

Cronkite News reporter Renata Clo contributed to this article.