Doug Ducey has appointed former Sen.
In 2020, a special election will be held to determine who will hold the remainder-another two years-of what would have been McCain's term. But Kyl, who was sworn in Wednesday, has only committed to serving through at least the end of this Congress. Those factions include supporters of President Donald Trump and Republicans aligned with McCain, who was sharply critical of the president.
"There is no one in Arizona with the stature of Jon Kyl", Ducey said, noting how Kyl has been working with the White House over the past few months to advance the nomination of Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh.
Hoyer served with Kyl in the House and was in Democratic leadership at the same time Kyl was in Senate Republican leadership.
Asked about a past remark expressing concern about Trump, Kyl replied, "I stand by that comment".
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Kyl speaks in a formal, reserved manner that is a sharp contrast to Trump, and he belongs to an older, less populist vanguard of the GOP. Kyl's appointment will make it possible for him to vote for the nomination.
"Kyl tended to be more conservative than McCain throughout his tenure in the Senate", Mark Jones, a political science professor at Rice University in Houston, said in a telephone interview. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) visit before a meeting July 10 in McConnell's office in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Kyl was named Tuesday as a temporary replacement for the late Sen. "That is much easier said than done, but he is a very high-quality, consensus pick".
Ducey made his selection primarily on the basis of Kyl's reputation and ability to hit the ground running in the Senate, one of the people close to him said.
McCain's widow, Cindy, tweeted her support for the appointment, calling his appointment "a great tribute to John". "Now, Sen. Kyl can cast a vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation".
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"Jon Kyl has a record he's worked across the aisle and he has been lauded by both sides of the aisle", Ducey said.
Kyl then served as a US senator for Arizona alongside Sen.
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Arizona's other current Senator, Jeff Flake, called Kyl "an excellent choice", in statement released Tuesday, adding, "there is no one more qualified" to serve the state.
Ducey signaled Kyl could be sworn into the Senate in the coming days and pushed back against allegations that the appointment was a politically-motivated move based exclusively on the supreme court nomination.
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The Republican Ducey says he hopes that Kyl will serve longer. This is why he accepted the position with the stipulation that he would not commit beyond the end of this congressional session.