Sen. Jon Kyl to step down at the end of the month The senator was appointed to John McCain's seat earlier this year Share Tweet Email Print Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) will step down at the end of the month, making room for another appointment by Gov. Doug Ducey, according to a statement by the governor. Kyl, a former three-term senator, came out of retirement to fill the seat of the late Sen. John McCain. “When I accepted your appointment, I agreed to complete the work of the 115th Congress and then reevaluate continuing to serve,” Kyl said in his resignation letter. “I have concluded that it would be best if I resign so that your new appointee can begin the new term with all other Senators in January 2019 and can serve a full two (potentially four) years.” Read More: Former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl to succeed McCain in the Senate In his letter, the senator thanked Ducey for the appointment, and called it an honor and a privilege. The governor's statement said Kyl's replacement would be announced in “the near future.” When Jon Kyl returned to the Senate in September, our country faced many critical issues. Arizona needed someone who could hit the ground running from day one and represent our state with experience and confidence – and that's exactly what Senator Kyl has done. (1/3) https://t.co/z7xaOO0p3L— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) December 14, 2018 “Senator Kyl didn’t need to return to the Senate. His legacy as one of Arizona’s most influential and important political figures was already without question," Ducey said in the statement. "But he did return, and I remain deeply grateful for his willingness to step up and serve again when Arizona needed him. I wish him and his family all the best.” Kyl was most recently the senior of counsel at the Washington D.C. law firm Covington & Burling, but it is unclear whether or not he will return. Names that have been under consideration for replacement, according to reports, include Rep. Martha McSally, who lost in a contentious bid during the midterm election for Arizona’s other Senate seat vacated by Sen. Jeff Flake. Reach the reporter at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow @isaacdwindes on Twitter. Like The State Press on Facebook and follow @statepress on Twitter. Subscribe to Pressing Matters Get the best of State Press delivered straight to your inbox. Related Stories Opinion: It's time for students to start engaging with the Democratic primary What's going on with all the construction around Tempe? Will Arizona enact an abortion ban?