Martha McSally Is About to Become a U.S. Senator After All – NTK Network Martha McSally Is About to Become a U.S. Senator After All

Martha McSally Is About to Become a U.S. Senator After All

Martha McSally, who fell just short of winning an Arizona Senate seat in 2018, will step in to fulfill John McCain’s seat.

By NTK Staff | 12.18.2018 @11:30am
Martha McSally Is About to Become a U.S. Senator After All

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Tuesday that Rep. Marth McSally (R-AZ) will fill the seat vacated by Sen. John McCain, who died in August. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) stepped in to temporarily fill the seat but acknowledged from the start that it would be on a short-term basis.

The seat that McSally will fill will have a special election in 2020, which will determine whether the former fighter pilot has a right to fill out the remainder of the term, which ends in January 2023. That means that should McSally win in 2020, she will face voters again two years later in 2022.

McSally ran against Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) in 2018, falling just a few thousand votes short. The two will now represent Arizona together in the U.S. Senate.

“I am humbled and grateful to have this opportunity to serve and be a voice for all Arizonans,” McSally said in statement issued by Ducey’s office. She said she looked forward to working with Sen.-elect Kyrsten Sinema, the Democrat who defeated her in November.

McSally will become the 25th woman serving in the Senate at the start of the 116th Congress, a record high.

McSally’s appointment is a boon to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who recognized her name recognition and fundraising ability as two key assets she brings to the table in 2020.

If McSally is sworn in prior to January 3, she would become the state’s senior senator.

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