Stina Sieg

Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018

Sen. John McCain leaves long legacy, empty Senate seat

PHOENIX – When Arizona Sen. John McCain died Saturday, he left a decades-long legacy in Congress, as well as an empty Senate seat.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will appoint McCain’s successor, and the law states that replacement must be the same party as McCain, who was a Republican. He or she will hold the seat until the term ends in 2022.

And that’s about all that is known about the seat for now.

An aide to Ducey told the governor will not make an announcement until after McCain has been buried at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Maryland.

“Out of respect for the life and legacy of Senator John McCain and his family, Governor Ducey will not be making any announcements about an appointment until after the Senator is laid to rest,” Ducey’s senior adviser Daniel Ruiz II said in a statement to “Now is a time for remembering and honoring a consequential life well lived.”

Ducey also had declined to discuss a replacement while the senator was still alive.

After meeting with McCain in May, Ducey’s spokesman released a statement on Twitter condemning speculation over his successor, calling Washington, D.C.’s focus on the question “disgraceful.”

The statement came after a reporter for the Hill tweeted about a meeting between McCain and Ducey in Cornville.