A retired Navy captain and NASA astronaut, Kelly was broadly considered as one of many Democratic Social gathering’s strongest recruits of 2020. He’s married to former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was shot and almost killed in 2011 and is now a frontrunner within the motion in opposition to gun violence.
Kelly and his similar twin brother, Scott, had been chosen to be astronauts in 1996.
The senator-elect flew his first mission into area in 2001 onboard the Area Shuttle Endeavour, and he accomplished three extra missions. Kelly, 56, additionally spent greater than 50 days in area and lived on the Worldwide Area Station earlier than retiring from NASA in 2011.