by Sharon Rondeau

(Dec. 18, 2018) — In announcement on his office website Tuesday morning, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey stated that he has appointed current U.S. Rep. and former U.S. Senate candidate Martha McSally to fill the Senate seat now occupied by Jon Kyl, appointed following the passing of longtime Sen. John McCain in September.

Mick Sally ran for the other Arizona U.S. Senate seat against Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, who was declared the winner after six days of protracted vote-counting last month. Sinema is the first Democrat Arizonans have elected to the U.S. Senate in more than 30 years and the first-ever woman to serve in that capacity.

Kyl, a former U.S. Senator himself, accepted the nomination to fill McCain’s seat through the end of his term in 2020 but with the understanding that he would not seek election in his own right.  His resignation is effective December 31.

Ducey won reelection to a second term on November 6.


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