Since leaving the Senate, Kyl has worked as a lobbyist at Covington & Burling in Washington DC. Flake is retiring because his feud with Trump made his re-election impossible.
Kyl's appointment to the Senate comes after he ruled out a return to Congress in his February interview with the Phoenix radio station.
"I think McCain would be very happy with the pick".
Kyl, 76, served alongside McCain in the Senate and is a reliable conservative vote.
It was only on Tuesday morning that they gave the White House a heads-up on the selection, according to one of the Republicans close to Ducey.
Kyl is an experienced foreign policy hand and will be entering a narrowly divided Senate where Republicans could gain or lose seats in November. There is no one more qualified and Arizona is well served.
Kyl served as a U.S. Senator from Arizona from 1995 to 2013 and served in the U.S. House of Representatives before that. Sen.More news: Legionella bacteria detected in Sands Resort water system, Order issued
"I'll fulfill my responsibilities as they come due", said Ducey, studiously voiding speculation.
Kyl's entire career in Washington overlapped with McCain's, and he served with the state's senior senator for three terms before stepping down.
"Jon Kyl is a safe choice for Governor Ducey as he tries to balance his reelection and the McCain and Trump factions of the Arizona Republican Party", said Dan Eberhart, an Arizona-based Republican donor. He decided not to run for reelection in 2012 and was succeeded by Sen.
Jon Kyl to replace the late John McCain in the Senate, the governor said at a news conference Tuesday. He said a "sense of duty" drove his decision to take the appointment.
McCain died August 25 after battling brain cancer. The seat will then be on the ballot again in 2022. "He understands how the Senate functions, and will make an immediate and positive impact benefiting all Arizonans", Ducey said. One of the first votes he will cast when he is sworn in as senator will be on the confirmation of Kavanaugh to the high court.
Woods supported Hillary Clinton's campaign for president and said he has been troubled by Trump in recent years. At this point, Kyl might not serve past December, casting more uncertainty into the race for McCain's seat.
"I've tried to learn from his example, and I wish I could say I've emulated him, but regrettably, as Arizonans and my Senate colleagues can attest, I still possess a short supply of some of Jon's most conspicuous leadership qualities", McCain said in a tongue-in-cheek portion of his remarks.
An attorney, Kyl speaks in a formal, reserved manner that is a sharp contrast to US President Trump, and he belongs to an older, less populist vanguard of the GOP. This is why he accepted the position with the stipulation that he would not commit beyond the end of this congressional session.