A former U.S. Senator, Kyl represented Arizona in Washington for nearly two decades before retiring in 2013 as a respected GOP leader. He’s expected to be a ‘yes’ vote for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Learning of the appointment U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R- Ariz.) said,
There is no one more qualified and Arizona is well served. Kudos to Senator Kyl for his willingness to serve once again.
Cindy McCain joined the support for Ducey’s appointment,
Jon Kyl is a dear friend of mine and John’s. It’s a great tribute to John that he is prepared to go back into public service to help the state of Arizona.
Kyl replaces John McCain, who died August 25.
According to a press release issued by the Governor’s office, Kyl will serve through at least the second session of the 115th Congress, concluding this year. Governor Ducey provided the following comment regarding the appointment,
There is no one in Arizona more prepared to represent our state in the U.S. Senate than Jon Kyl. He understands how the Senate functions, and will make an immediate and positive impact benefiting all Arizonans. I am deeply grateful to Senator Kyl for agreeing to succeed his friend and colleague of so many years. Every single day that Jon Kyl represents Arizona in the United States Senate is a day when our state is being well-served.
Senator Kyl represented Arizona in the United States Senate from 1995 through January 3, 2013. He served as Senate Minority Whip, the second-highest ranking position in the Republican conference. Prior to his service in the senate, he was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1987 through 1995.
According to the Governor’s Office, over the last few months, Senator Kyl has been working closely with the White House on the senate confirmation of the President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. According to the press release,
Now, Senator Kyl can cast a vote for Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
To get a sense of Kyl’s stance on the future of the Affordable Care Act one can turn to almost a decade ago, in September 2009 when then Senator Kyl offered up an amendment during a Senate Finance Committee debate that would have stopped the federal government from specifying the health benefits insurers must cover in the individual market. It led to the following exchange led by Senator Kyl,
I don’t need maternity care, and so requiring that to be in my insurance policy is something that I don’t need and will make the policy more expensive.
Senator Debbie Stabenow, Democrat of Michigan responded,
If I could just interject once with my colleague — I think your mom probably did.
By a vote of 14 to 9, the committee rejected the senator’s amendment.
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