Mark Kelly, born February 21, 1964, is a retired American astronaut, retired US Navy captain, engineer and Senate candidate for Arizona. He is the husband of Gabrielle Giffords, a former congressman, and is an apolitical activist, author, executive, and aerospace consultant. On February 12, 2019, Mark launched his campaign for the US Senate Special Election of 2020 in Arizona. He calls himself a Democrat and hopes to occupy the seat of the Senate left vacant after the death of John McCain.
Mark Kelly Family / Parents
Born in Orange, New Jersey, his father's name is Richard Kelly and
his mother's name is Patricia Kelly. His parents are retired police officers. he
has a twin brother named Scott Kelly.
Mark Kelly Business / Boyfriend / Spouse / Husband
He is married to Gabrielle Giffords, the former congressman. They have 2 children.
Gabby and I were yesterday in the Colorado State Capitol.
The prevention of gun violence was the subject of all conversations. With a law on extreme protection orders coming this year, they have a great opportunity to do just that. pic.twitter.com/DnVafyOVKM
– Mark Kelly (@ShuttleCDRKelly) January 23, 2019
Profile / Wiki / Information
- First name: Mark Edward Kelly
- Nickname: Mark
- Anniversary: February 21, 1964
- Age: 54 years old
- Sex: Male
- Place of birth: Orange, New Jersey
- Current residence: Be there soon…
- Education: US Merchant Navy Academy (BS), Naval Postgraduate School (MS)
- Profession: Retired astronaut, retired US Navy captain, Arizona engineer and Senate candidate
- Nationality: American
- Ethnicity / Origin: White (decent Irish)
- Hair color: bald
- Eye colour: Blue
- Zodiac: Fish
- Spouse / wife: Gabrielle Giffords
- Net value: At the study
- size: Be there soon…
- Weight: Be there soon…
– Mark Kelly (@ShuttleCDRKelly) February 12, 2019
Anecdotes and facts, you may not know Mark Kelly
- In December 1987, Mark became a naval aviator and received initial training on the A-6E Intruder attack aircraft. He has accumulated more than 5,000 flight hours in more than 50 different aircraft and has more than 375 landings.
- He has received several awards: a legion of merit; two distinguished flying crosses; two medals of the superior defense service; a merit medal of the navy; four aerial medals (two individual / two strikes) with the "V" fight; two navy merit medals (one with the "V" fight); two service medals in Southwest Asia; an expeditionary medal of the navy; an overseas service ribbon, two sea service deployment ribbons and a NASA Distinguished Service Medal.
- On June 21, 2011, Mark announced his retirement from the US Navy and NASA, effective October 1, 2011.
- In 1996, Mark and his brother Scott were both chosen as NASA shuttle drivers. They joined the NASA astronaut corps in August 1996.
- On February 12, 2019, Mark launched his campaign for the US Senate Special Election of 2020 in Arizona. He calls himself a Democrat and hopes to occupy the seat of the Senate left vacant after the death of John McCain.
- For more information about Mark, contact him at Twitter.
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