BREAKING: Conservative Gets McCain's Seat
The decision revives McSally's political career after her defeat to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema for the state's other Senate seat.
Insiders attribute her loss to several factors.
McSally, emerging damaged from a bruising primary, did not effectively tell her story to voters in densely populated Maricopa County as the nation's first female fighter pilot and role as a workhorse in Congress.
Meanwhile, Sinema effectively rebranded herself as a moderate.
Ducey and McSally are scheduled to speak at a joint press conference this morning.
In a statement about his selection to The Arizona Republic, Ducey cited McSally's military background and six deployments to the Middle East and Afghanistan.
"All her life, Martha has put service first — leading in the toughest of fights and at the toughest of times,” the governor's prepared statement said.
"With her experience and long record of service, Martha is uniquely qualified to step up and fight for Arizona’s interests in the U.S. Senate. I thank her for taking on this significant responsibility and look forward to working with her and Senator-Elect Sinema to get positive things done.”
McSally said in a statement that she understands the challenges Arizonans face, having traveled every corner of the state during her unsuccessful 2018 Senate run.