Ducey says he received a lot of advice about naming McCain's successor, but kept coming back to one name: Jon Kyl.
"John Kyl is a dear friend of mine and John's", she tweeted.
Kyl, 76, served with McCain in the Senate and rose to become Republican whip, the second-highest leadership post in his party's Senate leadership, before retiring in 2013. John McCain's seat in the upper chamber, The Arizona Republic reports.
Kyl now works as a lobbyist at the law firm Covington & Burling and is helping to shepherd U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh through the confirmation process.
Gov. Doug Ducey, also a Republican, said Kyl was "the best possible person, regardless of politics" for the job, and he hopes Kyl serves past the end of the year.
"I'm willing to serve certainly through the end of this session at least to make sure that the business that is now ongoing is taken care of", Kyl said. "Now, Sen. Kyl can cast a vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation".
McCain, who died of brain cancer at age 81 on August 25, would have been up for re-election to his seventh term in November 2022.
He served alongside McCain for almost two decades before retiring in 2013, and served as senate minority whip during his service, making him a key Republican leader.
His funeral service Saturday at Washington National Cathedral was in many ways a stern rebuke of Trump, with presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama eulogizing McCain as an iconic statesman who embodied passionate but civil debate, bipartisan compromise and a commitment to American values.
U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) congratulated Kyl in a statement saying, "I look forward to working with him in the Arizona delegation".
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Daniel Ruiz II, a spokesman for Gov. Doug Ducey, disclosed the timing hours after Ducey appointed Kyl to fill the seat left vacant by the death of John McCain. Jon Kyl will be named as her deceased husband's replacement in the U.S. Senate. Then the seat will be up again for a full six-year term.
Kyl said today at the news conference with Ducey that he doesn't have a relationship with Trump. "Jon Kyl" and that he is "prepared to hit the ground running".
'I think McCain would be very happy with the pick.
John McCain lived most of his life in the public eye, surviving war, torture, scandal, political stardom and failure, the enmity of some colleagues and the election of President Donald Trump.