Republican Martha McSally lost her Senate race in the November midterms, but she’s headed to the Senate anyway. The governor of Arizona has appointed her to fill the seat left open after John McCain’s death.
Arizona Central reports:
Martha McSally appointed to John McCain’s Senate seat
Republican U.S. Rep. Martha McSally will replace retiring U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl to fill for the next two years the Senate seat long held by the late U.S. Sen. John McCain.
Gov. Doug Ducey’s decision to appoint McSally, announced in a statement Tuesday and effective next month, revives her political life less than two months after she narrowly lost the race for the state’s other Senate seat to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema.
It also makes Arizona one of only a handful of states with two women in the U.S. Senate. Prior to Sinema’s election, Arizona had never selected a woman to fill a Senate seat.
Sinema will assume the role of Arizona’s senior senator, and will be sworn in on Jan. 3, with the new class of senators, Ducey said at a joint news conference Tuesday with McSally.
“I’m also going to respect the will of voters,” Ducey said. “Sen.-elect Sinema was elected to the office and she’s going to be sworn in first.”
If McSally wants to stay in that seat, she’s going to have to run again in 2020. She’s got two years to prove herself.