WASHINGTON — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) on Tuesday announced the appointment of Rep. Martha McSally (R) to the Senate seat interim-Sen. Jon Kyl (R) has said he will vacate.
“All her life, Martha has put service first—leading in the toughest of fights and at the toughest of times,” Ducey said in a statement.
He added: “She served 26 years in the military; deployed six times to the Middle East and Afghanistan; was the first woman to fly in combat and command a fighter squadron in combat, and she’s represented Southern Arizona in Congress for the past four years. With her experience and long record of service, Martha is uniquely qualified to step up and fight for Arizona’s interests in the U.S. Senate.”
McSally, 52, has served in Congress since 2015. Last month she narrowly lost to Senator-elect Kyrsten Sinema (D) in the contest for the seat of retiring Republican Jeff Flake.
Ducey appointed Kyl to the Senate in August to fill the vacancy created by the death of Sen. John McCain (R). Kyl previously served in the Senate from 1995-2013.
Republicans had hoped Kyl would agree to serve until 2020 when a special election will be held. However, last week Kyl announced he will resign at the end of the year.