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Arizona politicians welcome the news of Kyl’s appointment to McCain seat

Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., right, answers a question after Gov. Doug Ducey, R-Ariz., announced the appointment of the former senator to fill Sen. John McCain's seat in the U.S. Senate at a news conference at the Arizona Capitol Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX — News that former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl would be appointed Tuesday to fill the Senate seat left vacant by the death of John McCain was met with approval by Republican politicians in and out of the state.

Kyl, 76, has only committed to the position until January, but his readiness to assume the job was praised.

Flake, a former Arizona congressman who was elected to replace Kyl, has said the older man was a mentor to him.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the announcement an “excellent choice” made by Ducey in a statement.

U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) congratulated Kyl in a statement saying, “I look forward to working with him in the Arizona delegation. Senator Kyl brings a wealth of experience to this job. His longtime devotion to our state and people will give Arizona a much-needed and honest voice for land, water, and military issues.

“Senator Kyl has a pro-life track record and will work to increase America’s economic resurgence and prosperity. I commend him for his decision to return to public service; his leadership is greatly valued.”

Arizona Republican Party Chairman Jonathan Lines said in a statement:

“Senator Jon Kyl has honorably served Arizona for decades, with a strong, conservative record of results for our state. … Jon Kyl is a statesman. He is a conservative leader. And he is proud Arizonan and a truly decent and honorable man. I am proud to call him our United States Senator.”

U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) said in a statement, “Governor Ducey today made an excellent choice in Jon Kyl to return to the U.S. Senate. Former Senator Kyl served alongside Senator McCain and has been a champion for Arizona on many important issues including critical water issues impacting our state. I look forward to working with Senator Kyl in Congress to advance conservative policies important to Arizonans.”

Outside of Arizona, longtime McCain friend Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) tweeted out his thoughts:

Two members of the McCain family also shared their feelings:

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