by Daveda Gruber:
The late Senator John McCain was recently laid to rest after an aggressive form of brain cancer told his life. The Arizona senator who will replace him is Jon Kyl.
On Tuesday, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced by writing on Twitter that he is “deeply grateful to Senator Kyl for agreeing to succeed his friend and colleague of so many years.”
I am deeply grateful to Senator Kyl for agreeing to succeed his friend and colleague of so many years. Every single day that Jon Kyl represents #Arizona in the U.S. Senate is a day our state is well-served. #KylforAZ #KavanaughConfirmation https://t.co/e6zHvEOk5O
— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) September 4, 2018
Kyl is not expected to run in 2020. He will serve as a placeholder in the Senate until fill McCain’s seat for the following two years. The seat will then be open for a full six-year term for which voters will decide.
Cindy McCain, the late John McCain’s wife tweeted:
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.
— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) September 4, 2018
Kyl was a Republican senator in Arizona and served from 1995 to 2012. He retired from Congress in 2013 as the second highest-ranking Republican senator.
Kyl, 76 was a longtime friend and colleague of McCain. He wrote, following McCain’s death, that the former Vietnam war hero “faced his inevitable end with courage and grace.”
Kyl is an attorney. He joined the law firm Covington & Burling as part of its “expansion of its public policy and government affairs practice.”
Kyl “advises companies on domestic and international policies that influence U.S. and multinational businesses and assists corporate clients on tax, healthcare, defense, national security and intellectual property matters among others,” his website describes.
Doug Cole, long-time Republican consultant and former McCain aide said, “I think McCain would be very happy with the pick. Honors his legacy while putting some major horsepower for Arizona in the seat, at least for now.”
Kyl said, “I had a serious law practice, and with the experience I gained in Congress, I think I have acquired the knowledge and judgment to help clients that reflects my legal training and experience in Congress.”
McCain opposed a partial repeal of former President Obama’s healthcare law before he died. Republicans are hopeful Kyl will be a “reliable partisan vote.”
In July, the former senator agreed to serve as President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s “sherpa” during his confirmation process.
The National Law Journal wrote that Kyl is a “sherpa,” or escort. He “will be tasked with shepherding President Trump’s pick through the Senate, much in the same way former New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte helped to pave a path for Justice Neil Gorsuch last year.”
This will not be the first time Kyl has served in this role. The National Law Journal also reported the former senator, who has a “deep knowledge of the Senate Judiciary Committee,” previously served on the committee during “four of the last five Supreme Court justices’ confirmation hearings.”
Will he be good for the Republican side of the Senate? We will have to watch and see.