PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Gov. Doug Ducey has selected Martha McSally to fill the Senate seat that was once John McCain’s.
The announcement was made on Tuesday morning via a press release from Ducey's office.
“All her life, Martha has put service first — leading in the toughest of fights and at the toughest of times,” said Governor Ducey.
After the announcement was made, Cindy McCain tweeted, "My husband’s greatest legacy was placing service to AZ & USA ahead of his own self-interest. I respect @dougducey's decision to appoint @RepMcSally to fill the remainder of his term. Arizonans will be pulling for her, hoping that she will follow his example of selfless leadership."
“Over the last year, I’ve traveled across this great state, meeting with countless Arizonans, and listening to them,” said Representative McSally. “I’ve heard about the challenges they face and the hopes they have for the future – and I’ve learned a lot. I am humbled and grateful to have this opportunity to serve and be a voice for all Arizonans. I look forward to working with Senator-Elect Kyrsten Sinema and getting to work from day one.”
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Ducey appointed Kyl to fill the late Sen. John McCain's seat in September after McCain's funeral.
Upon accepting the position, Kyl said he would only commit to filling the seat until Jan. 3. Kyl previously served alongside McCain in the U.S. Senate from 1995 to 2013.