Curveball: Here's Who Will Take Sen. McCain's Open Senate Seat Until 2020

December 18, 2018Dec 18, 2018

On Friday, December 14, U.S. Senator Jon Kyl revealed that he will be resigning (again) at the end of 2018. He had filled the seat for U.S. Senator John McCain after his death.

Kyl had previously served in the U.S. Senate for 18 years and the House for 8 years. In 2013, he retired. When Sen. McCain passed away, however, Governor Ducey asked Kyl to return to the Senate, at least for the remainder of the congressional term.

Now, Gov. Ducey has decided on Kyl's replacement for the New Year. He has appointed Republican Martha McSally to the Seat, around a month after she had narrowly lost her Senate bid to Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema.

Gov. Ducey said, "All her life, Martha has put service first- leading in the toughest of fights and at the toughest of times. With her experience and long record of service, Martha is uniquely qualified to step up and fight for Arizona's interests in the U.S. Senate. I thank her for taking on this significant responsibility and look forward to working with her and Senator-Elect Sinema to get positive things done."

Cindy McCain took to Twitter to talk about McSally's appointment. She said that she respects Gov. Ducey's decision.

She wrote, "My husband’s greatest legacy was placing service to AZ & USA ahead of his own self-interest. I respect @dougducey's decision to appoint @RepMcSally to fill the remainder of his term. Arizonans will be pulling for her, hoping that she will follow his example of selfless leadership."

McSally will reportedly serve in the open seat until a special election is held in 2020. 

What do you think about this decision? After losing to Sinema, do you think that the two women will be able to work together in a cohesive way? Let us know your thoughts! In other recent news, here's President Trump and First Lady Melania's Christmas portrait.

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