by Sharon Rondeau

(Sep. 4, 2018) — Just after 12:30 PM EDT Tuesday, Bret Baier of Fox News announced that according to the late Sen. John McCain’s widow, Cindy McCain, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has nominated former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl to replace McCain, who died on August 25.

Kyl served in the Senate from 1995 to 2013 alongside McCain.  Kyl had been mentioned as a possible replacement, among Mrs. McCain and others.

Other news sources have reported the same.

Kyl previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives for four terms.

Kyl will serve the remainder of McCain’s term, which runs through January 2022.  He is currently an attorney at the mega-law firm Covington & Burling.

According to CBS News, “The appointee will serve until the 2020 election, and the winner of that election will serve through the remainder of McCain’s term, which ends in 2022.”

Ducey’s announcement was expected on Tuesday.

According to Wikipedia, upon his retirement from the Senate in 2013, Kyl did not plan to reenter politics unless it were for the position of vice president. Baier appeared to confirm that when he said at approximately 12:55 PM EDT that Kyl will not seek election to the Senate seat once he completes McCain’s term.


Update, 12:57 p.m. EDT:  Minutes after this story went to press, Ducey tweeted the news:




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