Former Sen. Jon Kyl appointed to fill John McCain’s seat

Memorial Service Held For Sen. John Mc Cain At North Phoenix Baptist Church

Tributes from Bush and former President Barack Obama, who eulogized the late Arizona Republican at the senator's request, were among the highlights, as were daughter Meghan McCain's tearful remarks, in which she contrasted her father's legacy with the rhetoric of President Donald Trump, who was not invited to attend the service.

"As I contemplated who could best serve our state in US Senate, I kept coming back to one person", Ducey said.

Jon Kyl is a dear friend of mine and John's. "I think it was to his benefit she [did] so".

The appointment of Kyl will run through 2020, at which time a special election will determine who will fill the remainder of McCain's term, which ends in 2022.

Kyl, 76, served for 18 years alongside McCain in the Senate, until 2013, and said he would be "honored" to return to the chamber. "He was a great man", she said during the first eulogy.

Ducey insisted his appointment was not political, despite Kyl working closely with the White House in recent months on getting Kavanaugh confirmed in the Senate, where Republicans hold a razor-thin one-vote majority.

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.

A grieving Cindy McCain pressed her cheek against the surface of the casket of her husband, Sen.

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Former Sen. Jon Kyl has been shepherding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh through the Senate.

Thousands of Arizonans on Wednesday flocked to the state Capitol Building in Phoenix, where the Republican senator laid in state.

"I will miss him as a friend, and a strong force for America and the world", Kyl said. "Kudos to Senator Kyl for his willingness to serve once again".

Ducey had to appoint a Republican, and politics-watchers wondered whether he would choose a moderate voice to echo McCain, who became a vocal critic of President Trump.

About 20 years ago, retired Navy Capt. Jo Dee Jacob was tasked with the duty of finding the plot in the 150-year-old cemetery.

On Aug. 25, when McCain passed away, the president only posted a very brief tweet on Twitter offering his condolences to the senator's family, but didn't issue any formal statement about his death.

Filling McCain's seat marks a turning point in Arizona political history.

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