Martha McSally pays homage to McCain in maiden Senate speech

In her first U.S. Senate floor speech, Sen. Martha McSally paid homage to the late John McCain, the six-term senator from Arizona whose seat she now occupies.

McSally says it’s humbling to be appointed to serve in McCain’s seat and be the 14th senator to represent Arizona.

McSally, a Republican, was appointed to McCain’s seat following the resignation of placeholder Jon Kyl.

Her maiden speech Tuesday came about six months after she took the oath of office in January.

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It follows a Senate tradition in which new senators wait a period of time before addressing their colleagues.

McSally, a retired Air Force pilot and former Arizona congresswoman, is running in the 2020 campaign to finish the last two years of McCain’s Senate term.

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