Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey picked Republican Rep. Martha McSally to replace retiring Sen. Jon Kyl.

Kyl took over Sen. John McCain’s seat when he passed away in August. Kyl decided to vacate the seat at the end of the year.

From The Arizona Capitol Times:

In a statement, Ducey praised McSally’s dedication to serving her country, referencing her 26 years of service in the U.S. Air Force and her multiple deployments to the Middle East and Afghanistan. He also praised McSally for representing Arizona in Congress for the past four years.

“Martha [McSally] is uniquely qualified to step up and fight for Arizona’s interests in the U.S. Senate,” Ducey said. “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.”

Ducey’s appointment of McSally comes mere days after Kyl tendered his resignation last week. The governor appointed Kyl in September to fill the seat previously held by the late Sen. John McCain.

Although Kyl could have held the seat until a special election is held in 2020, he promised to serve only through the end of the year.

McSally said she is eager to get to work with Sinema, with all signs indicating that she will not let the contentious Senate race of the past keep them from working together.

McSally ran for the senate this past November to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Flake, but lost to Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema in a close race.

She said in a statement:

“Over the last year, I’ve traveled across this great state, meeting with countless Arizonans, and listening to them,” McSally said in a statement. “I’ve heard about the challenges they face and the hopes they have for the future – and I’ve learned a lot. I am humbled and grateful to have this opportunity to serve and be a voice for all Arizonans.”


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