Published: Thu, September 06, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Former senator tapped to replace John McCain

Former senator tapped to replace John McCain

"He understands how the Senate functions, and will make an immediate and positive impact benefiting all Arizonans", Governor Doug Ducey said in a release.

Jon Kyl has been tapped to replace the late Sen.

McCain, who served 35 years in Congress, died August 25 after battling brain cancer.

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

At a news conference where he was introduced as McCain's replacement, Kyl said he's only met Trump once, though he noted he is working for the White House by serving as Kavanaugh's so-called "sherpa".

Jon Llewellyn Kyl was born in Nebraska and received his Bachelor of Arts and LLB (short for the Latin for Legum Baccalaureus) which is an undergraduate degree in law.


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Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., also lauded Ducey's selection of Kyl, calling it an "excellent choice".

Meghan McCain, John McCain's daughter, also supported the pick.

Preceded by Trent Lott, Kyl took over the reins as Senate Minority Whip and served under Majority leader Mitch McConnell.

Republican President Donald Trump had long feuded with McCain and did not attend the senator's memorials in Arizona and Washington over the past week, at McCain's request.

Kyl, 76, retired from the Senate after three terms in 2012 and became a lobbyist. During Senator Kyl's 26 years in Congress, he built a reputation for mastering the complexities of legislative policy and coalition building, first in the House of Representatives and then in the Senate.

"He could be much more effective if he were more politique, more diplomatic - of course that's one of the things that people like about him - the fact that he isn't that way".


Senator Kyl (pictured above with McCain) had a ideal 100 percent in 2005, the only 100 percent in that year, and CAGW named Senator Kyl a taxpayer hero that same year.

The former senator has a history of voting against LGBT rights.

Before his public service, Kyl practiced law at Jennings, Strouss & Salmon in Phoenix.

Earlier Tuesday, he went from a news conference at the Arizona Capitol to the Phoenix airport to fly to Washington.

He has lobbied on behalf of young immigrants brought to the US illegally as children, often called Dreamers, whose fate is in limbo after Trump tried to end an Obama-era program protecting them from deportation and Congress deadlocked on a solution.

McCain's widow, Cindy, tweeted: "Jon Kyl is a dear friend of mine and John's". If Kyl does retire (again) at the end of this year, Ducey could appoint someone who would be able to run for re-election in 2020. However, he had said anyone who lobbied for the appointment before the senator's death would be disqualified. Inhofe served as acting chairman while McCain underwent cancer treatment in Arizona.


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