We Now Know Who Will Replace John McCain in the Senate


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Reports out of Arizona say the replacement for the late Sen. John McCain has been chosen – and it’s a familiar face.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has announced that Jon Kyl, a former Senator before he retired in 2013, will finish out McCain’s term.

The pick was praised by both Cindy McCain and Sen. Jeff Flake.

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Kyl is a popular choice among Republicans. He is a staunch conservative, and opposed Obamacare. He voted against it, and should the situation arise, would likely vote for its repeal, something McCain did not.

He also served as Republican whip, the party’s second-highest leadership position in the Senate.

“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. “He understands how the Senate functions and will make an immediate and positive impact benefiting all Arizonans.”

McCain’s wife Cindy McCain offered her congratulations to Kyl on Twitter.

“Jon Kyl is a dear friend of mine and John’s. It’s a great tribute to John that he is prepared to go back into public service to help the state of Arizona,” she tweeted.

Sen. Jeff Flake also had high praise for Kyl.

“Governor Ducey has selected Senator Jon Kyl as Senator McCain’s replacement,” he said. “What an excellent choice! There is no one more qualified and Arizona is well served. Kudos to Senator Kyl for his willingness to serve once again.”

Reuters reports.

Kyl served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives before he was first elected to the Senate in 1994.

He retired at the end of his third term in January 2013. He voted against the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

Kyl, 76, now works as a lobbyist at the law firm Covington & Burling and is helping to shepherd U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh through the confirmation process.

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