Cindy McCain calls Mr Kyl a ‘dear friend of mine and John’s’
The appointment marks an unexpected return to Capitol Hill for Mr Kyl, who retired in 2013 after serving three terms an Arizona senator. Mr Doucey said he expected the 76-year-old to “hit the ground running”, adding that now was “not the time for newcomers”.
“There is no one in Arizona more prepared to represent our state in the US Senate than Jon Kyl,” Mr Ducey said in a statement. “He understands how the Senate functions and will make an immediate and positive impact benefiting all Arizonans.”
“I’m accepting this appointment to fill the seat vacated by the passing of my dear friend because of my sense of duty to the state I love, and the institution of the Senate which I served for 18 years, and because the governor asked for my help,” Mr Kyl said at a press conference, according to AZ Central.