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Mark Kelly
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United States Senator
from Arizona
Assumed office
December 2, 2020
Serving with Kyrsten Sinema
Preceded by Martha McSally
Personal details
Born
Mark Edward Kelly

February 21, 1964 (1964-02-21) (age 57)
Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Democratic (2018–present)
Independent (before 2018)
Spouse(s)
Amelia Babis
(m. 1989; div. 2004)

Gabby Giffords (m. 2007)
Children 2
Relatives Scott Kelly (twin brother)
Education United States Merchant Marine Academy (BS)
Naval Postgraduate School (MS)
Space career
NASA Astronaut
Rank US-O6 insignia.svg Captain, USN
Time in space
54d 02h 04min
Selection NASA Astronaut Group 16, 1996
Missions STS-108, STS-121, STS-124, STS-134
Mission insignia
STS-108 Patch.svg STS-121 patch.svg STS-124 patch.svg STS-134 Patch.svg
Retirement October 1, 2011

Mark Edward Kelly (born February 21, 1964) is an American astronaut, engineer, writer, U.S. Navy Captain, and politician. He is the junior United States Senator from Arizona since December 2, 2020. He is the husband of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Space missions

Kelly flew combat missions during the Gulf War. He was selected to become a NASA Space Shuttle pilot in 1996 and flew his first mission in 2001 as pilot of STS-108. He piloted STS-121 in 2006 and commanded STS-124 in 2008 and STS-134 in 2011. STS-134 was his final mission and the final mission of Space Shuttle Endeavour.

U.S. Senate career

On February 12, 2019, Kelly launched his campaign for the 2020 Senate election in Arizona as a Democrat. He won the election in November 2020 defeating incumbent Republican Senator Martha McSally.

Personal life

His wife was the target of an attempted assassination in Tucson, Arizona, on January 8, 2011.

Kelly's identical twin brother, Scott Kelly, is also an astronaut. In 2015, Scott Kelly began a mission spending a year in space on the International Space Station. He returned to Earth on March 1, 2016, after 340 days in space.

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