Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), who Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) named Tuesday to fill the late Sen. John McCain’s seat for the next two years, could take McCain’s slot on the Senate Armed Services Committee as well. Sen Jon Kyl has filled McCain’s seat in the Senate and on the committee since September but is stepping down on Dec. 31. McSally, a decorated Air Force pilot who championed the A-10 Warthog as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, would appear to be a natural choice to keep the Senate Armed Services seat for an Arizonan, reports CQ. Senate Republicans have not yet announced their committee assignments for the 116th Congress.
She was first elected to the House in 2014 to a district that includes Davis-Monthan AFB. McSally will occupy McCain’s seat for the middle two years of its six-year term. The state will hold a special election in 2020 to fill the seat for the term’s last two years.
Air Force photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.