Ex-Sen. Jon Kyl to head Ducey transition team

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona Gov.-elect Doug Ducey is enlisting a big-name Republican former officeholder to head his transition committee.

Ducey announced Wednesday that former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl will serve as chairman of a committee that will identify people to serve in Ducey's administration.

Ducey defeated Democrat Fred DuVal in Tuesday's general election. Ducey will succeed fellow Republican Jan Brewer in the governor's office.

Ducey said he intends to lead in a "serious and substantive manner" and that Kyl's extensive experience and grasp of issues will serve Arizona well.

Ducey also said Kyl's appointment sends a message that the new administration will take what Ducey called a "reform- and substance-based approach" on issues such as education.

Kyl retired from the Senate after not running for a fourth term in 2012.