Republican Senator Announces Retirement, Will Resign End of 2018

December 15, 2018Dec 15, 2018

On Friday, December 14, U.S. Senator Jon Kyl made an important announcement. He revealed that he will be resigning from the Senate (again) at the end of December.

The Arizona Republican initially served in the Senate for 18 years and retired in 2013. Before that, he served in the House for eight years. Earlier this year when GOP Sen. John McCain passed away, however, Kyl accepted a temporary appointment.

Sen. Kyl indicated that he was always planning on accepting the seat as a short-term solution. He said that he just wanted to help out through the remainder of the congressional term.

Now, after four months, he has officially announced that he will be stepping down before the new year. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will be choosing Kyl’s replacement. That person will serve in the open seat until a special election is held in 2020.

Ducey said, “When Jon Kyl returned to the Senate in September, our country faced many critical issues. Arizona needed someone who could hit the ground running from Day 1 and represent our state with experience and confidence- and that’s exactly what Senator Kyl has done.”

The 76-year-old played a significant role during this four months back with the Senate. During that time, he helped confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. 

Sen. Kyl wrote, “Thank you again for appointing me to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy created by John McCain’s death. It has been an honor and a privilege to again serve the people of Arizona.”

“When I accepted your appointment, I agreed to complete the work of the 115th Congress and then reevaluate continuing to serve. I have concluded that it would be best if I resign  so that your new appointee can begin the new term with all other Senators in January 2019 and can serve a full two (potentially four) years.”

He continued, “Therefore, I will resign from the U.S. Senate effective 11:59 pm EST December 31,  2018.”

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