The transition from John McCain to Jon Kyl

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By Ronald J. Hansen and Yvonne Wingett Sanchez | The Republic

Jon Kyl’s appointment to the Senate answers the biggest question following the death of Sen. John McCain — who Gov. Doug Ducey would pick to fill the vacant seat — but it also raises new ones as well.

Here are some of the most pressing questions now:

What happens now that Ducey has appointed Kyl to the position?

Ducey will submit a certificate of appointment to the Secretary of the Senate Tuesday. An aide is flying the paperwork to Washington, D.C., and will hand-deliver it to the secretary’s office.

Kyl must be formally sworn into the position, which is expected to happen by Wednesday. Once that happens, Kyl is able to participate in floor votes and other Senate business, though his committee assignments are, at least for now, unclear.

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