>> I will do my best to ensure Arizonians continue to be well represented in the US Senate.>> Former Republican Jon Kyl of Arizona tapped to fill John McCain's vacant Senate seat on Tuesday. Locking in a conservative voice on the GOP slim majority in the 100 member chamber.
>> Senator Kyl is prepared to hit the ground running.>> Arizona Governor, Doug Ducey said, Kyl will serve out at least the current session of Congress, but couldn't get him to commit to staying on until a special election is held in 2020. The former senator is seen as a consensus pick according to political pundits meant to appease both President Trump's supporters and less enthusiastic Republicans like McCain.
Late Senator's wife Cindy McCain offered her congratulations to Kyl on Twitter, saying quote, it's a great tribute to John that he is prepared to go back into public service to help the state of Arizona.>> I consider it a great privilege to have served with John->> Kyl represented Arizona alongside McCain for 18 years, rising to the position of Republican Whip before retiring in 2013.
But the 76-year-old hasn't left the game completely since then, working as a Washington lobbyist and helping to shepherd US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh through the confirmation process. His appointment will allow him to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, giving the Republicans bare majority of 51 seats in the Senate, a firm vote to confirm the conservative judge.