Gov. Doug Ducey will appoint former Sen. Jon Kyl to the Senate following GOP Sen. John McCain’s death late last month, according to a spokesman for the governor’s office.
Ducey, a Republican, was required by law to appoint a member of McCain’s party to fill his seat. Because of the timing of McCain’s death, the governor’s appointment would serve through most of 2020. A special election is expected to be held in 2020 to serve out the remainder of McCain’s term, which ends in 2022.
The Arizona Republic reported that Kyl agreed to serve in the Senate at least through the end of 2018.
“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 to the Arizona Republic. “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.”