WASHINGTON, D.C.—Long-time Senator for Arizona John McCain passed away Aug. 25. Following a series of heartfelt memorials for the naval war hero and respected politician, and his burial at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, his successor in the Senate was just appointed and sworn in.
In Arizona, it’s up to the governor to appoint a replacement in the U.S. Senate if one of its two Senators dies, resigns or is removed from Congress. That person must be from the same party as the previous Senator.
On Sept. 4, Gov. Doug Ducey appointed former Sen. Jon Kyl, a 76-year-old Republican, to replace
McCain. As a Senator, Kyl actually worked with McCain from 1995 to 2013. McCain served as Senator from 1987 until his passing from brain cancer in August at the age of 81.
After McCain’s passing, tributes came pouring in for this Senator known for his fairness, forgivenness and FEISTINESS.
His body lay in state in the Arizona Capitol on Aug. 29, so Arizonan’s could pay their respects. The next day, a memorial service was held at North Phoenix Baptist Church that included dignitaries from both political parties and long-time friends. From there, his flag-draped casket was flown to lay in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, an honor reserved for very few politicians.
On Sept. 1, presidents, family and friends honored him at the National Cathedral. The following day, he was buried with military honors at the Naval Academy.
Kyl, who was sworn in on Sept. 5, will serve with Sen. Jeff Flake, who is retiring when his term expires this year. Kyl is only serving temporarily, stepping aside in 2020.