Mark Kelly for Senate

Mark Edward Kelly is an American politician, former astronaut, engineer, and U.S. Navy captain. The son of two police officers, Captain Mark Kelly is a native of West Orange, New Jersey. He currently resides in Tucson, Arizona.

As a naval aviator, Captain Kelly made two deployments to the Persian Gulf on the aircraft carrier USS Midway and flew 39 combat missions in Operation Desert Storm. He attended the US Naval Test Pilot School from June 1993 to June 1994 and has logged more than 5,000 hours in more than 50 different aircraft and has over 375 carrier landings.

The winner of many awards, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit and Distinguished Flying Cross, Captain Kelly was selected as an astronaut in 1996. He flew his first of four missions in 2001 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, the same space shuttle that he commanded on its final flight in May 2011. Captain Kelly has spent more than 50 days in space and is one of only four individuals who has visited the International Space Station on four different occasions.

Mark was thrust into the national spotlight in January 2011 after his wife, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was shot in an assassination attempt in Tucson, Arizona.

In January 2013, in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Captain Kelly and Congresswoman Giffords co-founded Americans for Responsible Solutions, now called Giffords, which encourages our country’s leaders to stand up for laws that make communities safer from gun violence.

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