John McCain Has Passed Away: Who Gets the Senate Seat?

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Arizona Senator John McCain, the face of the Republican party establishment, passed away has passed away at the age of 81 from brain cancer.

John Sidney McCain III was the son and grandson of Navy admirals, and a naval pilot himself during the Vietnam War. He became a prisoner of war for a duration of about five years.

McCain won the race for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives upon resettling in Arizona in 1982. After serving two years in the house, he succeeded Barry Goldwater in the U.S. Senate for Arizona.

He famously was the deciding ‘no’ vote on Obamacare repeal, betraying his earlier campaign against the bill, back in August of 2017.

So what happens to McCain’s senate seat, now that he is dead? The Seventeenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that:

“When vacancies happen in the representation of any state in the Senate, the executive authority of such state shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies.”

Governor Doug Ducey’s selection will serve until the next general election in 2020. Potential picks for the replacement, according to The New York Times, are likely either Rep. Martha McSally or John McCain’s widow, Cindy.

Joshua Speer

Joshua Speer is a student of international business at Eastern Kentucky University. His work as an author focuses on promoting socially conservative values, debunking leftist propaganda, exposing historical revisionism, and making the case for limited government.