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Gun violence sufferer and former U.S. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords watches her husband, NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, converse as they visits Metropolis Corridor on her 2016 Vocal Majority Tour on October 17, 2016 in New York Metropolis.
Mark Kelly, retired NASA astronaut and husband of former Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords, introduced Tuesday that he’ll run in 2020 for the Arizona Senate seat presently held by Republican Martha McSally.
Kelly, 54, revealed his run for nationwide workplace in a video posted to his Twitter account.
“I at all times knew that I used to be going to serve this nation indirectly,” stated Kelly, who served within the U.S. Navy through the Gulf Conflict and was tapped to grow to be a NASA pilot in 1996.
Kelly highlighted his profession as an astronaut within the four-minute video, which he captioned as “my subsequent mission” and which begins with him recounting his first expertise witnessing a dawn from an area shuttle.
“It turns into fairly apparent fairly early whenever you get into area that we’re all on this collectively,” he stated.
Kelly has by no means held political workplace. However he grew to become politically lively after his spouse Giffords was shot in 2011 in an tried assassination at a Tucson grocery store. Six individuals died within the assault, and Giffords was shot within the head.
She resigned from Congress in 2012 to deal with her restoration. In 2013, Kelly and Giffords launched a nonprofit supporting gun management efforts.
Within the 2018 midterms, McSally misplaced to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in her bid for the seat of retiring GOP Sen. Jeff Flake. However she was appointed by Arizona’s Republican Gov. Doug Ducey to fill the Senate seat as soon as held by John McCain, who died in August.