Mark Kelly, husband of former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, launches Senate bid

Mark Kelly, husband of former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, launches Senate bid

I care about the state of Arizona. I care about this nation ...

Kelly and his wife Gabrielle Giffords, shown months after she was shot in 2011 at an a Arizona grocery store while she was a Democratic Congress member.

Of course Mark Kelly has to win the Democratic nomination first, but he has the political connections, the biography and the public profile to make him a front-runner. They do not mention that the man who carried out the heinous attack against Giffords on January 8, 2011, did so with a gun he acquired via a background check.

Giffords is prominently featured in her husband's video, which also includes biographical information about him and a pledge to bring people together.

"I learned a lot from being an astronaut".

"I learned a lot from being an astronaut, I earned a lot from being a pilot in the Navy". "So because of that, I've decided I'm launching a campaign for the United States Senate". "But what I learned from my wife is how you use policy to improve people's lives".

Kelly and Giffords have since been vocal advocates for gun control.

In the wake of the shooting, she and her husband founded an organization now known as Giffords, which is dedicated to reforming gun laws and preventing gun violence.

The Democrat, 54, noted affordable healthcare, stagnant wages, job growth, the economy and climate change as issues he hopes to tackle in his campaign.

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"We've seen this retreat from science and data and facts", he said, without giving specifics.

"Partisanship and polarization and gerrymandering and corporate money have ruined our politics and it's divided us", he says in the video. He flew on four shuttle missions, including STS-108 in 2001 and STS-121 in 2006 as pilot.

Kelly has kept some ties to the space field since leaving NASA, including serving as a co-founder of and advisor to World View Enterprises, the Tucson-based company developing stratospheric balloons for scientific research and other applications.

The video highlighted his identical twin brother and his mother, who became a female police officer in the 1970s. "Turned out, that you were the one who had the risky job", he continues.

Former Congresswoman Martha McSally, a Republican, was appointed to the seat a year ago by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey.

McCain died in August 2018.

McSally was appointed by the state's governor to the McCain seat after she lost a midterm election to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema for the seat opened by the retirement of Jeff Flake. The seat will be on the ballot for a full six-year term in 2022.

USA congressman Ruben Gallego of Phoenix is also considering a Senate run, which would likely set up a tough fight for the Democratic nomination.

Democrat Mark Kelly announced a bid for the 2020 Senate seat now held by Martha McSally.

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