Doug Ducey has appointed former Sen.
Ducey made his selection primarily on the basis of Kyl's reputation and ability to hit the ground running in the Senate, one of the people close to him said.
Ducey says he received a lot of advice about naming McCain's successor, but kept coming back to one name: Jon Kyl. John Kyl to replace the late Sen.
The next senator from Arizona, replacing the late Sen.
Meghan McCain, John McCain's daughter, also supported the pick.
Kyl was a reliable Republican vote during his time in the Senate - in contrast to McCain's occasional defiance of party leaders - and his arrival will be welcome to a GOP that has struggled with a narrow, single-vote majority while McCain was treated for the brain cancer that killed him on August 25.
A full Senate vote on Kavanaugh could come later this month.
Kyl earned his Bachelor's and law degree from the University of Arizona. He is, however, a well-liked, experienced lawmaker praised both by supporters of McCain and President Trump.
Kyl will serve through the remainder of this year and will be able to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.
President Donald Trump tweeted: "Jon Kyl will be an extraordinary senator representing an extraordinary state, Arizona". He won election to the Senate in 1994, where he served three terms, rising to the rank of minority whip before retiring in 2013.
"I'm very grateful to Jon Kyl for his willingness to return to public service to take my father's seat in the Senate".
Kyl's registered lobbying clients at the firm Covington & Burling this year have included Qualcomm Inc., JW Aluminum, mining company Freeport-McMoRan, the Coalition for American Retirement and the private equity investor Gordon Sondland, who is a co-founder of Aspen Capital, according to congressional lobbying disclosures.
The former senator has a history of voting against LGBT rights. Kyl carved out a profile as a foreign policy expert. Earlier this year, a strategist familiar with the governor's thinking said that Ducey was interested in finding someone who could keep the job, rather than serving as a placeholder. If there was ever a personal rift between Kyl and McCain, it has not been discussed publicly. He also served as Chairman of the RNC from 2003 to 2007. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was editor-in-chief of the Arizona Law Review.
In the mid-2000s, he worked with Republicans and Democrats on efforts to overhaul the US immigration system before those efforts broke down. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) term, a choice praised by Cindy McCain.
"I do know I will not seek this seat in 2020, nor any other office in the future", Kyl said.
McCain had been absent from the Senate since December as he underwent cancer treatment.