Mark Kelly is contesting in a special election in Arizona to fill the remaining term (till 2022) of late Senator John McCain (R) who was elected in 2016. Mark’s opponent is Martha McSally, who was appointed in 2019.
Mark Kelly's career was in aviation. He was deployed twice to missions during Operation Desert Storm in the 1990s. He was selected as an astronaut with NASA in 1996 but remained on active duty as a captain in the U.S. Navy. As an astronaut, Kelly flew four missions with the Space Shuttle Endeavour. In 2001, he traveled to the International Space Station (ISS) for maintenance; he returned to the ISS in 2006, 2008 and 2011. He retired from the Navy and NASA in 2011.
Kelly's wife, former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), was participating in a "Congress on Your Corner" event in Tucson, Arizona, when Jared Lee Loughner—since diagnosed with schizophrenia—shot Giffords in the head and killed six other people. In 2013, two years after the shooting, Giffords and Kelly formed Americans for Responsible Solutions, a nonprofit organization, and a super PAC of the same name. The group was formed to promote gun legislation at the state level and has helped to pass universal background checks in Oregon. They also work to support campaigns of officials who work for gun violence prevention.
Based on 3 recent polls, Mark Kelly currently leads Martha McSally by 11.6 percentage points. He also leads her in terms of cash on hand with a 192% advantage.
TSB’s fundraiser for Mark Kelly is being organized on July 18, 2020. Details to be published.
Sources: Ballotpedia.org, RealClearPolitics.com, Opensecrets.org