In a press conference today, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey named the replacement to recently depated Senator John McCain. After contentious public debate over who should be appointed to fill the seat, he ultimately chose Senate Minority Whip John Kyl.
According to CNN , Mr. Kyl has promised to serve at least until the end of the current legislative session, but does not seem so sure of staying for the remainder of John McCain’s term until 2020.
From the same source, he was quoted as saying “I have committed to serving at least through the second session of the 115th Congress. I do know I will not seek this seat in 2020, nor any other office in the future”.
While Sen. Kyl left his office in 2013, he has remained active in politics as a prominent lobbyist at Republican Powerhouse Covington & Burling. He also has been Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s top coach for the ongoing Senate hearings regarding his confirmation.
Sen. Kyl’s role in the Senate will prove to be pivotal for many upcoming votes on immigration, the Supreme Court, and a litany of other issues in this legislative session.