Jon Kyl, once the second-highest ranked Republican in the Senate, has been named to succeed the late Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republic reported Tuesday.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, is set to name Kyl at a 10 a.m. PDT news conference at the Arizona Capitol. Ducey has already spoken to McCain's widow Cindy, who wrote on Twitter: "Jon Kyl is a dear friend of mine and John’s. It’s a great tribute to John that he is prepared to go back into public service to help the state of Arizona."
Kyl, 76, served with McCain during his 18 years in the U.S. Senate, rising to minority whip, the second-highest-ranking Republican senator in the chamber. He retired in 2013.
The Republic reported that Ducey "sought someone who could quickly step into the seat to wrap up McCain’s unfinished business" and that "Kyl brings a depth of knowledge on issues key to Arizona, from water and natural resources to Native American relations."
Kyl, incidentally, is leading the process through the Senate for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
“There is no one in Arizona more prepared to represent our state in the U.S. Senate than Jon Kyl,” Ducey said in a statement. “He understands how the Senate functions and will make an immediate and positive impact benefiting all Arizonans. I am deeply grateful to Senator Kyl for agreeing to succeed his friend and college of so many years."
“Every single day that Jon Kyl represents Arizona in the United States Senate is a day when our state is being well-served.”
"Ducey will submit a certificate of appointment to the U.S. Senate secretary Tuesday. An aide is flying the paperwork to Washington, D.C., and will hand-deliver it to the secretary’s office," the Republic reported. "Kyl could be sworn in as early as Tuesday night, though Wednesday is more likely, the aide said."