Who is Jon Kyl?

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

McCain's widow, Cindy, tweeted: "Jon Kyl is a dear friend of mine and John's". John McCain at a memorial service inside the Arizona State Capitol Rotunda on August 29.

John McCainJohn Sidney McCainBiden on how Dems should handle Kavanaugh hearing: "Stay in the room, demand answers" Trump biographer certain president is upset by attention for McCain Trump met with protests during trips to Va. golf club amid McCain services MORE (R-Ariz.) in the Senate, saying Kyl will be "an extraordinary Senator". Those who know Kyl say that he is more likely to be a bridge-builder than a Trump antagonist along the lines of McCain, Flake or Ben Sasse, R-Neb. There, he served as Senate Minority Whip, the second-highest ranking position in the Republican conference.

The appointee will fill the seat until the next general election in 2020.

Arizona law requires the governor to appoint a member of the same political party to fill a seat opened by the departure of a senator.

The seat will be up for election again in 2022, the year McCain's term would have ended.

Kyl's appointment to the Senate will restore the 51-49 majority held by Republicans. Every single day that Jon Kyl represents #Arizona in the U.S. Senate is a day our state is well-served.

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Over the last few months, Senator Kyl has been working closely with the White House on the Senate confirmation of the President Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh.

In other words, Kyl is there for the Kavanaugh vote and to get Doug Ducey through his own re-election bid with a minimum of controversy. Jon Kyl to fill the late Sen.

Kyl, 76, served alongside McCain in the Senate and is a reliable conservative vote.

"As I contemplated who could best serve our state in US Senate, I kept coming back to one person", Ducey said.

Kyl was appointed on Tuesday to serve as the replacement for McCain, who died of brain cancer. Jon Kyl to the Senate following GOP Sen. After retiring in 2012 he became a lobbyist for the firm Convington and Burling which represents big players in the pharmaceutical industry according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Representative Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House of Representatives, said given that the Arizona governor was "not going to appoint somebody who is going to vote with us, it's a pretty good appointment".