Jon Kyl sworn in as John McCain's successor

Former Sen. Jon Kyl to replace John Mc Cain in the Senate

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, R, will appoint former Sen.

McCain's widow, Cindy, tweeted: "Jon Kyl is a dear friend of mine and John's".

Ducey said Kyl would serve through at least the end of the year and expressed hope he would stay in the seat longer. Those factions include supporters of President Donald Trump and Republicans aligned with McCain, who was sharply critical of the president.

One testament to Kyl's mainstream bona fides is his most recent role shepherding Kavanaugh through the Senate's confirmation process. I wish I could say the same for Arizona's other Senator, but that was not my experience with [John] McCain. McCain battled brain cancer at home in Arizona, missing all the Senate business since late 2017.

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 a year ago.

Once he is sworn in Wednesday, Kyl will cast crucial votes in the coming weeks on Kavanaugh's nomination, government spending and possibly billions for a U.S. -Mexico border wall and perhaps another round of tax cuts. "I am deeply grateful to Senator Kyl for agreeing to succeed his friend and college of so many years". John McCain and Kyl served in the Senate at the same time.

Veteran Republican consultant and former McCain aide Doug Cole called Kyl a good, safe pick.

As a Senator, Kyl voted against the nomination of Justice Elena Kagan because she didn't support the now-overturned "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy that prevented gays and lesbians from serving in the military, saying it was "bad policy".

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"It's my hope that he serves longer". When Kyl said yes, VP Pence replied, "Congratulations, Senator" and shook his hand.

The New York Times first reported Tuesday that Woods, who was McCain's chief of staff when he served in the House, was talking to Democrats about a potential run.

An attorney, Kyl speaks in a formal, reserved manner that is a sharp contrast to US President Trump, and he belongs to an older, less populist vanguard of the GOP.

The son of a former congressman, Kyl, who's now 76, was elected to the House in 1986 and the Senate in 1994, establishing a reputation as one of the Senate's most conservative members and rising to become the second-ranking Republican in the chamber and a top deputy to Mitch McConnell before retiring rather than seeking re-election in 2012.

Kyl then served as a US senator for Arizona alongside Sen.

Ducey, meanwhile, will placate Arizona Republicans through his own re-election bid this fall.

If he remains through 2020, he could face a vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act, which the GOP failed to scuttle in 2017 largely because of McCain's thumbs-down.

Kyl will be entering a narrowly divided senate where Republicans could gain or lose seats in November.

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