Kyl is well-respected in Arizona and has been able to avoid numerous battles with activists that complicated McCain's career and that of the state's other senator, Jeff Flake, who is retiring because his feud with Trump made his re-election impossible. Flake is retiring because his feud with Trump made his re-election impossible. John McCain at a memorial service inside the Arizona State Capitol Rotunda on August 29.
Jon Kyl has been tapped to replace the late Sen.
Kyl, a former GOP whip, also worked in support of Judge Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court nomination for the client Judicial Crisis Network, which paid Covington $215,000 a year ago, according to lobbying disclosures.
A source close to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey tells NPR "there are weighty things transpiring in Congress and there is no one better to deal with them than Jon Kyl".
Ducey said he opted to "pick the best possible person, regardless of politics".
The GOP is hoping he'll be a more reliable partisan vote than McCain, whose opposition to a partial repeal of President Obama's health care law pitched the party into turmoil previous year. He was member of the House of Representative before that (from 1987 to 1995).
"There is no one in Arizona with the stature of Senator Jon Kyl".
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, called Kyl's appointment a "great choice".
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Republicans maintain narrow control on the Senate, and Democrats are hoping to win control in the midterm elections in November. "I am deeply grateful to senator Kyl for agreeing to succeed his friend and colleague of so many years".
Jon Kyl, a fellow Republican, will fill the Senate seat previously held by the late Sen. The victor of that special election will fill the remaining two years of McCain's term.
Doug Ducey has scheduled a 1 p.m. ET news conference to make the announcement. "He is a man without comparable peer", Mr. Ducey said.
"Well, I don't really have a relationship with President Trump", Kyl said, adding: "I believe in Judge Kavanaugh".
Ducey says Kyl has committed to serve through the end of this year and the governor hopes he will serve longer.
"Jon Kyl has served as Brett Kavanaugh's "sherpa" through the nomination process and will undoubtedly vote for his confirmation which puts many rights we take for granted at risk, chief among them are women's reproductive rights, civil rights, voting rights, environmental rights and workers rights", Garcia said in a statement.
"I will not seek this seat in 2020, nor any other office in the future", Kyl said.