Martha McSally Doug Ducey

Martha McSally, Doug Ducey hold press conference after US Senate announcement. 

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."

This selection comes less than two months after McSally lost her Senate bid to Kyrsten Sinema.

“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.”

On Dec. 15, Sen. Jon Kyl announced he was resigning from U.S. Senate on Dec. 31.

[READ MORE: Kyl sworn in to U.S. Senate]

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.

Read the entire resignation letter from Kyl here


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(14) comments

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I hope they ban you and your deranged comments.


This country is undeniably stronger, safer and financially sustainable under Republican leadership.


Where did you get those extra-strength magic mushrooms you've been chewing on?

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Please go away. You don't even speak English.


Tell me about you childhood....

Joe Tax Payer

Well I quess that waters down that "First Arizona Woman Senator" thing when they all go back to Washingtonian at the beginning of the year !!! The people voted Ducey in and Ducey appointed the correct woman for the job !!

Bob Regan

Nothing to see here folks. Just another victory for fear and hate in Arizona.


People griping about this is hilarious. In the last election, 50% of voters said they wanted Sinema and 48% said they wanted McSally. Now both are in the senate.

Arizona probably has the most appropriate senate representation of any state in the union now


There were two (actual) choices.


What snowflakes--everybody doesn't get a "participation" trophy!


Way to go put the women in office that we already said we don't want in office.


Speak for yourself. Half of us wanted McSally. Under these unusual circumstances, she is by far the most logical choice.
Or are you saying your vote for Sinema was actually against McSally instead???


Overwhelming amount of people voted in order to not put McSally in a very red seat... Of course Ducey would put her in anyway lol


the election was something like 50-48. Under those circumstances, i have no problem with Sinema and McSally representing our state in the senate

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