What Happens To Sen. John McCain’s Senate Seat Now?
It has been mere hours since the news of the passing of Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain and now the attention of many has shifted to what becomes of the deceased senators spot in the Senate.
With a razor thin Republican majority in the Senate the replacement of Sen. McCain is of extreme importance to both Democrats and Republicans and, though the senator has not cast a vote in the Senate in months, his replacement will have major shoes to fill.
The Seventeenth Amendment, which outlines the election of senators, explains what is to be done in the case of a senator who dies, resigns of is kicked out of the senate.
By the rules of the Amendment, it will be the responsibility of Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to name Sen. McCain’s replacement.
The person chosen to replace Sen. McCain will serve, at least, until 2020 when the seat will be contested in an election.
Some of the names that have been mentioned in the running for the seat include Sen. McCain’s wife Cindy McCain, The Arizona Republic reported.
“In recent years, Cindy McCain has been an outspoken advocate against human trafficking. She has advocated for victims while tackling legislation at the federal and state levels to combat trafficking, and some of her work through the McCain Institute’s Human Trafficking Program has raised awareness nationally about the issue,” it said.
Other names mentioned by The Republic include the governor’s chief of staff Kirk Adams, Barbara Barrett, the first female Republican to ever run for governor of the state of Arizona, former U.S. Senate Republican whip Jon Kyl, real estate developer Karrin Taylor Robson, former Congressman John Shadegg, former Congressman Matt Salmon and state treasurer Eileen Klein, all Republicans.
Arizona will have two new senators as Republican Sen. Jeff Flake is retiring, and his seat will be decided in the 2018 midterm elections. Some have pointed to the race as a chance for Democrats to snatch a seat from the GOP as the demographics of Arizona change.
Gov. Ducey has said that he will not appoint himself.