Who is Jon Kyl?

Tonya Becker
September 5, 2018

"With almost two decades of experience in the Senate serving along side John McCain, Senator Kyl is prepared to hit the ground running", Ducey said.

Kyl said he chose to return to the Senate because of his sense of duty "to the state I love", adding, "I'm putting my country first just as this seat's previous occupant did every single day".

"It's a great tribute to John that (Kyl) is prepared to go back into public service to help the state of Arizona", she McCain tweeted.

McCain's fellow Arizonan, retiring U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, who has been one of Trump's most prominent Republican critics, praised the pick on Twitter, calling it "an excellent choice!"

Asked about those comments on Tuesday, Kyl said he stood by his criticism - albeit while appearing to compare Trump's aggressive posture to that of McCain's. He represented the state in D.C. from 1995 through January 3, 2013, at one time serving Senate Minority Whip.

In 2020, voters will get to decide who fills the remainder of McCain's seat through 2022.


Kyl, 76, served for 18 years alongside McCain in the Senate, until 2013, and said he would be "honored" to return to the chamber.

Kyl on Tuesday also explained that he had only met Trump once earlier this year, was in the process of shepherding Trump's Supreme court nominee through the Senate and said the president often jumps into the middle of a fight, very much like McCain did. Kyl's appointment will make it possible for him to vote for the nomination.

The conservative former pol will pad Republicans' narrow margin in the Senate.

Up for reelection in November, Ducey faced the dilemma ensnaring other Republicans in 2018: avoid angering Trump, who has a viselike grip on the party, while placating the GOP establishment epitomized by McCain, who dominated state politics for more than three decades.

McCain had been absent from the Senate since December as he underwent cancer treatment.

Jon Kyl remembers the late Sen. "Kudos to Senator Kyl for his willingness to serve once again".


Republican ex-Sen. Jon Kyl has been picked to fill the late Sen.

Ducey says Kyl has already worked closely with the White House on the nomination for months.

Jon Kyl, shortly before he retired from the Senate.

An ardent supporter of Kavanaugh, it comes as no surprise that Ducey tapped someone who will vote to confirm him to the Supreme Court.

Kyl, a lobbyist, dismissed the idea that his work will impede his ability to serve in the Senate.


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