Former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly is running for the US Senate in Arizona
Former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly is running for the Senate in Arizona as a member of the Democratic Party, after toying with the idea for the last couple of weeks. Kelly commanded NASA’s Space Shuttle twice, and he’s also a former Naval aviator who flew 39 combat missions in Operation Desert Storm. Now, he’s hoping to add “senator” to his résumé.
“I always knew I was going to serve this country in some way,” Kelly says in a video announcing his candidacy.
This is Kelly’s first campaign, but he has had tangential experience with politics for over a decade. He’s been married to former US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) since 2007. Giffords, who survived a gunshot wound to the head during a mass shooting in 2011, has become a strong…