Wounded Ex-US Rep. Giffords’ Husband, Astronaut Mark Kelly, Announces Run for US Senate

Retired U.S. astronaut Mark Kelly, whose wife former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was wounded in a 2011 mass shooting, plans to run for a U.S. Senate seat in Arizona, he said in a video posted to Twitter on Tuesday.

Giffords stepped down from Congress after sustaining a serious head injury in the attack but has emerged as one of the leading voices of the U.S. gun-control movement.

In the 4-1/2 minute video, Kelly sits on a sofa next to Giffords, discussing his mother’s history as a police officer as well as the attack on his wife.

“I thought that I had the risky job. It turned out that you were the one who had the risky job,” said Kelly, a former U.S. Navy combat pilot and former space shuttle commander.

Kelly will challenge Republican U.S. Senator Martha McSally, a former U.S. Air Force combat pilot who was appointed to the seat held by the late John McCain. A special election will be held in 2020 to determine who will serve the last two years of the term.

FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) joins her husband retired U.S. astronaut Mark Kelly in addressing reporters about the deadly shootings in Las Vegas, from a lectern outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. October 2, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

McSally lost a campaign for the state’s other Senate seat to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in November.

(Reporting by Scott Malone in Boston; Editing by Nick Zieminski and Jeffrey Benkoe)


  1. Expect this guy to be the same as former Florida Senator and astronaut Bill Nelson who sat in the U.S. Senate for 46 years and did NOTHING but collect a paycheck. Worthless DemocRATs.

    1. Hey, Nelson received a F for support of gun violence. Good news for you. FL replaced him with Scott who has an A+ rating for gun violence support. I can’t do Republican Math, so I can not follow your “U.S. Senate for 46 years” when Nelson first ran for the Senate in 2000 & was defeated in 2018. 2001 thru 2018 does not equal 46. Even if you were adding his 12 yrs in the US House, it does not equal 46. You also forget that Nelson voted with Trump 45.2% of the time.

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