PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Preparations are underway at the State Capitol where late Senator John McCain will lie in state this week, the beginning of a multi-day, multi-state good bye for the Maverick.
Crews could be seen power washing the State House Sunday prepping for the late Senator to lie in state.
Arizona Governor, Doug Ducey, announcing via Twitter that Senator McCain will lie in state at the Arizona Capitol Wednesday, August 29th, which would have been McCain's 82nd birthday.
The Governor went on to say in his tweet "This is a rare and distinct occurrence for a truly special man. John McCain is Arizona, and we will honor his life every way we can."
A private ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. The public will be allowed in from 1:00-8:00 p.m.
McCain ran for president twice in his lifetime. In 2000, he lost the republican race to President George W. Bush. In 2008, he lost the general election to President Barack Obama.
It's reported that before McCain's death, they requested both Presidents to give eulogies at his funeral.
Governor Ducey is now tasked with choosing a replacement for McCain's now vacant senate seat. A spokesperson from the Governor's office said in a statement "Out of respect for the life and legacy of Senator John McCain and his family, Governor Doug Ducey will not be making any announcements about an appointment until after the Senator is laid to rest."
This will be the first time an Arizona governor has had to fill a senate seat in the state's 106 year history.