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Former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly seeking Arizona Senate seat

Former Astronaut Mark Kelly Husband of Gabby Giffords Releases Powerful Video Announcing Senate Run Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of Gabby Giffords, to run for Senate
Deanna Wagner | 14 February, 2019, 21:00

The retired astronaut Mark Kelly announced on Tuesday he is running to finish John McCain's final term in the US Senate.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, R, announced December 18 that he was appointing McSally to fill the vacancy created by the August death of McCain, a Republican icon who had held the seat since 1987.

McCain died in August of a year ago, having held the Senate seat for more than three decades.

Kelly became a vocal proponent of reforming gun laws in the wake of the 2011 shooting.

But Mark Kelly's life and career changed after his wife, Gabrielle Giffords, a Congresswoman from what was then Arizona's 8th district, was nearly assassinated on January 8, 2011 during a meeting with her constituents.

Kelly and Giffords have pushed Congress to enact gun control measures with little success.

Kelly, 54, who has been heavily recruited by Democrats, announced his intentions with a video in which he calls the campaign "my next mission". In it, Kelly said that he has seen a "retreat" from science, data and facts and asked for voters to help solve these problems.

Among the issues highlighted in the video were affordable health care, climate change and wage stagnation. The two appeared together in Kelly's announcement video, recounting that hard period in their lives and Giffords' rehabilitation from the gunshot wound.

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Kelly is angling for Republican Sen.

It's unclear whether Kelly will have a clear path to the Democratic nomination. The victor will have to run again for a full six-year term in 2022.

Astronaut Mark Kelly is setting his eyes on a new frontier: the United States Senate.

He flew four space missions over 10 years and commanded the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 2011. They shifted their focus to state legislatures in recent years, helping strengthen background checks and domestic violence protections, among other modest reforms.

Retired astronaut and gun control advocate Mark Kelly launched a bid for U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

"Now that the thesis that a Democrat can win statewide has been proven, we are going to see stronger challengers like Kelly and Gallego for statewide offices in the future", said Eberhart.

While a couple Democrats in the state have hinted at Senate ambitions, including Representative Ruben Gallego, US media report, Mr Kelly is the first to formally announce a campaign. John McCain after his death in August 2018. He met with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chief Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) earlier this year to discuss the race, and he had identified a campaign manager by last month, sources told The Hill.