Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey selected Jon Kyl to replace the late Sen. John McCain, bringing the longtime former senator back to Congress at least through the end of this year. Kyl served alongside McCain in the Senate from 1995 to 2012, and has agreed to serve through the end of the 115th Congress, although his appointment from the governor allows him to stay on until 2020, when a special election would be held to fill the remainder of McCain’s term through 2022.
Vice President Mike Pence swore Kyl into the Senate on Wednesday afternoon, bringing the GOP’s majority back to 51-49 (two independents who caucus with the Democrats are included in this number). McCain died on Aug. 25 and was laid to rest at the Naval Academy in Maryland on Sept. 2.