The current term of the late Sen. John McCain was through the 2020 elections.
His death left Republicans with a tenuous 50-49 lead over the Democrats (47 Democrats and 2 Independents).
The quick replacement of McCain was viewed as a necessary action for Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey.
Ducey tapped former US Senator Jon Kyle to serve as McCain’s replacement.
Kyle served in the US House from 1987 to 1995 and in the US Senate from 1995 to his retirement in 2013.
Kyle was sworn into office yesterday, giving the GOP a 2-vote margin over Democrats.
(KTAR News) – Republican Senate appointee Jon Kyl of Arizona was sworn in Wednesday by Vice President Mike Pence.
Kyl, a former senator, was tapped by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to replace the late Sen. John McCain. Ducey named Kyl on Tuesday.
The ceremony for the 76-year-old Kyl took place at the U.S. Capitol at 9:45 a.m. Arizona time.
Kyl was sworn in on the Senate floor with U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) by his side.
In a tweet, Ducey again thanked Kyl for his “selfless service, and for putting Arizona and America first.” …
Grant Woods, former chief of staff for McCain is said to be considering a run for McCain’s, now Kyle’s, Senate seat in 2020 as a Democrat.
Woods also served as Arizona Attorney General from 1991 to 1999.
Kyle has stated that he will only serve until the next batch of politicians are sworn in next January.
This will mean that Ducey will once again be tasked to appoint a replacement to fill the coveted Senate seat.
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