As expected and reported, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey appointed former Rep. Martha McSally to replace Senator Jon Kyl in the U.S. Senate.
Mr. Kyl, a former senator who served the Grand Canyon State for 18 years, was appointed by Governor Ducey to replace the late John McCain, whom he served with.
But in a hand-delivered letter dated December 12, Senator Kyl informed the governor he would resign from the U.S. Senate on December 31, detailing his reasons behind the resignation.
“Thank you for appointing me to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy created by John McCain’s death,” he wrote. “It has been an honor and a privilege to again serve the people of Arizona.”
“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.”
There had been a lot of pressure on Governor Ducey to choose former Rep. McSally to replace Senator Kyl. She was defeated by incoming Democratic Senator-elect Kyrsten Sinema in 2018.