Mark E. Kelly

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Mark Kelly


Born February 21, 1964
Orange, New Jersey
Political party Independent (before 2018)
Democrat (2018 – present)
Spouse(s) Amelia Babis (1989 - 2004) (div.)
Gabrielle Giffords (2007 - present)
Children Two
Alma mater United States Merchant Marine Academy
Naval Postgraduate School
Military Service
Allegiance United States
Battles/wars Operation Desert Storm
Awards Two Defense Superior Service Medals
Legion of Merit
Four Air Medals
Naval Achievement Medal

Mark Edward Kelly (born February 21, 1964 in Orange, New Jersey, age 56) is an American astronaut who has piloted space shuttles Endeavour and Discovery. Kelly is married to Gabrielle Giffords; the two met in China in 2003 while they were serving on a committee there, and were married in January 2007.[1]

Education

In 1982, Kelly received a bachelor of science degrees in marine engineering and marine transportation (with highest honors) from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1986, and a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1994.

Gun control activism

Since retiring from NASA, Kelly has become an outspoken, but hypocritical proponent of gun control.[2] Kelly tried to buy an AR-15 from an Arizona gun store as part of a publicity stunt, but the purchase was denied after he made public statements saying that he was not buying the rifle for personal use.[3] Kelly was also featured in a bizarre video where he bragged about owning a 9mm Glock saying “This is the same kind of gun Gabby was shot with.” [4] In that video, Kelly proceeded to shoot at several targets setting on a rock formation, but failed to injure himself or anyone else with ricochets.[5]

2020 Senate run

See main article: United States Senate special election in Arizona, 2020
See also: United States Senate elections, 2020

Fundraising

As reported on July 31, 2019, Kelly has "earned" 1.8 million dollars for giving speeches.[6] Out of this sum, $125 thousand was "earned" from giving four speeches at colleges, despite blatant hypocrisy in Kelly's college affordability activism.[7]

Campaign spending

According to MSN, Kelly spent thrice as much money on ads compared to the amount his opponent Martha McSally has spent,[8] with his ads including a series begging for donations prior to Donald Trump's visit at a rally in Arizona.

NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, STS-134 commander.

Awards

Kelly was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal (2 awards), four Air Medals (2 individual/2 strike flight) with Combat “V,” 2 Navy Commendation Medals (one with combat “V”), Navy Commendation Medal with “V,” Navy Achievement Medal, two Southwest Asia Service Medals, Navy Expeditionary Medal, two Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, Overseas Service Ribbon, and various other unit awards. [1]

Personal life

Mark Kelly is currently married to Gabrielle Giffords. He has two children from a previous marriage. In 2013, Kelly and one of his daughters were walking their pit bull on a California beach when the dog attacked and killed a baby seal.[9] Killing a baby seal is illegal, but under the Obama regime prominent supporters of gun control such as Mark Kelly, journalist David Gregory,[10] and cocaine-addicted[11] propagandist David Brock[12] are not prosecuted for breaking laws.

Mark Kelly's brother, Scott J. Kelly, is the current commander of the International Space Station, Expedition 26 (ISS), a veteran of two space shuttle missions.

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