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Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl Will Retire on December 31

Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl Will Retire on December 31

“I have concluded that it would be best if I resign so that your new appointee can begin the new term with all other Senators in January 2019…”

Arizona Republican Sen. Jon Kyl told Arizona Governor Doug Ducey he plans to retire on December 31 after serving these last few months after John McCain passed away. From The Daily Caller:

“Thank you for appointing me to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy created by John McCain’s death,” Kyl wrote in a letter to Ducey. “It has been an honor and a privilege to again serve the people of Arizona.”

“When I accepted your appointment, I agreed to complete the work of the 115th Congress and then reevaluate continuing to serve. I have concluded that it would be best if I resign so that your new appointee can begin the new term with all other Senators in January 2019 and can serve a full two (potentially four) years. Therefore, I will resign from the U.S. Senate effective 11:59 p.m. EST December 31, 2018,” Kyl concluded. (RELATED: Jon Kyl Will Replace McCain In The Senate)

Kyl served in the Senate from 1995 to 2013 and held the title as minority whip.

Ducey asked Kyl to take over McCain’s seat and he agreed. People expected Kyl to leave at the end of the year.


In a statement, Ducey praised Kyl’s second stint on Capitol Hill, saying he served with “integrity and statesmanship” as the nation faced important issues.

“Senator Kyl didn’t need to return to the Senate,” Ducey said in a statement. “His legacy as one of Arizona’s most influential and important political figures was already without question. But he did return, and I remain deeply grateful for his willingness to step up and serve again when Arizona needed him. I wish him and his family all the best.”

Ducey’s office hasn’t dropped any hints who he will appoint, but prospects include Rep. Martha McSally, who lost the senate race to replace retiring Jeff Flake, and Ducey’s former chief of staff Kirk Adams.

Arizona will have a special election in 2020 to fill the last two years of McCain’s term.


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buckeyeminuteman | December 14, 2018 at 1:10 pm

Would be ironic if McSally is appointed as a Senator after Kristen Cinema stole the seat from her in the November election. I really hope it’s her for that reason alone.

I’ll never forgive Kyl for the Unlawful Internet Gambling Act which targeted payment processors. Another guy who thinks he knows better than I how to manage my money.

    casualobserver in reply to Obie1. | December 14, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Just another big government politician. You don’t need to peak at the letter after their names. Both sides firmly believe in using the power of DC to “control” culture. They just differ in what they want the outcome to be.

    And I expect if you ask either type (D or R) how they justify laws that increasingly restrict freedom, they’ll tell you all kinds of stories about those you have been helped or protected. Never mind if it is only 30%, 15%, or just a few hundred. Sacrifice for those poor souls we helped, you insensitive so-and-so!

    You hit the nail on the head Obie. I was going to post the same thing. I wonder how much Kyl got paid for that vote. POS in my book.

Hopefully a McCain won’t be appointed. We’ve had enough McCain’s for several generations.