McSally to Fill Senate Seat Held by McCain after Kyl Resigns

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Republican Arizona Governor Doug Ducey appointed U.S. Representative Martha McSally to the U.S. Senate to fill the seat held by the late Senator John McCain.

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She will replace Sen. John Kyl, who will be leaving the U.S. Senate on December 31. When Kyl accepted the job in August, he told Ducey that his commitment is to “serve through at least this season of Congress.”

Ducey believes McSally is “uniquely qualified to fight for Arizona’s interest”

In his remarks, Ducey said he chose McSally because she is the best person to serve the state of Arizona. He believes that the she possess the qualities of an effective leader.

“Arizona needs someone who understands the critical issues; who can get to work from day one; and who embodies a spirit of service— of putting the people we represent before all else. Martha McSally possesses these qualities,” said the governor.

Ducey noted McSally’s 26 years of service in the U.S. Air Force including her six deployments to the Middle East. The governor also emphasized that she was the first woman to fly in a combat and to command a fighter squadron in combat.