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Politics Former astronaut Mark Kelly to be sworn in as a US senator Wednesday

18:15  30 november  2020
18:15  30 november  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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A few other astronauts in US history have turned to politics after they fly. The most notable example is former astronaut John Glenn, the first Edwin “Jake” Garn, a former Utah senator and a retired Navy pilot, leveraged his position as head of the subcommittee that funds NASA to fly as a payload

PHOENIX (AP) — Retired astronaut Mark Kelly , who became a prominent gun-control advocate after his wife and former U . S . Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in a failed assassination attempt, announced Tuesday he will run to finish John McCain's last term in the U . S . Senate.

Former astronaut Mark Kelly will be sworn in as a US senator for Arizona at noon ET on Wednesday, a senior Democratic aide told CNN.

Mark Kelly holding a sign: Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kelly speaks to supporters during the Election Night event at Hotel Congress on November 3, 2020 in Tucson, Arizona. © Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kelly speaks to supporters during the Election Night event at Hotel Congress on November 3, 2020 in Tucson, Arizona.

Kelly defeated Republican Sen. Martha McSally in a special election by more than 78,000 votes.

A retired Navy captain and NASA astronaut, Kelly was widely viewed as one of the Democratic Party's strongest recruits of 2020. He is married to former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was shot and nearly killed in 2011 and is now a leader in the movement against gun violence.

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Former US astronaut Mark Kelly has launched a 2020 Democratic campaign for the late Senator John McCain's Arizona seat in Congress. Mr Kelly , 54, is married to former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who retired after being shot during a 2011 mass shooting.

Retired U . S . astronaut Mark Kelly , married to former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was wounded in a 2011 mass shooting, said on Tuesday McSally narrowly lost a campaign for the state ’s other Senate seat to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in November. Sinema won the seat formerly held by

McSally was appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, to fill the seat formerly held by the late Sen. John McCain after she narrowly lost a race to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema for Arizona's other Senate seat in 2018.

With Kelly's election, the fight over which party controls the chamber hangs on the outcome of two Senate runoff elections in Georgia that will take place in January.

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