3TV/CBS5: Gov. Ducey appoints Kyl to AZ Senate

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

KTVK/KPHO News Phoenix reported that Gov. Doug Ducey announced the appointment of former Sen. Jon Kyl to fill the Senate seat for the late Sen. John McCain who died Aug. 25 after battling an aggressive form of brain cancer.

“There is no one in Arizona more prepared to represent our state in the U.S. Senate than Jon Kyl. He understands how the Senate functions, and will make an immediate and positive impact benefiting all Arizonans," Ducey said. "He's an expert on the matters facing Arizona: water, land use and issues facing our Native American communities."

Jon Kyl served with John McCain as a United States Senator representing Arizona from 1995 to 2013. As Senate Minority Whip, the second-highest ranking position in the Republican conference, Kyl built a reputation for mastering the complexities of legislative policy and coalition building, first in the House of Representatives and then in the Senate.

Kyl will continue to be a voice for Arizona on critical issues confronting our state and nation, including appropriations bills, executive branch vacancies, among others. His expertise on water and natural resource issues will be very beneficial to our state as we face new challenges in those areas. The Kyl Center for Water Policy, named for Senator Kyl, is housed at Morrison Institute at Arizona State University.

"We are all saddened by the circumstances that required this appointment and appreciate there was only one John McCain. John and I served the people of Arizona for nearly two decades, and in that spirit, along with Senator Flake, I will do my best to ensure Arizonans are well represented in the Senate. There is much unfinished business, including confirmation of President Trump’s nominees for judicial and executive branch positions, and I look forward to getting to work on behalf of my fellow Arizonans,” said Senator Jon Kyl.

READ: Who is Jon Kyl?

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