A retired U.S. Navy combat pilot, NASA astronaut, and fighter for Arizona families
Captain Mark Kelly is a decorated Navy veteran who flew 39 combat missions in Operation Desert Storm, and an astronaut who flew NASA missions into space. He retired from his career at NASA to aid the recovery of his wife, Gabby Giffords. Since the 2013 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Kelly and Giffords have been outspoken voices to advocate for solutions to gun violence.
A fierce critic of our broken campaign finance system
Kelly recognizes that special interests have broken Washington, and he is determined to unrig the system in order to make it work for everyday Americans. In the U.S. Senate, Kelly will fight for comprehensive reform to strengthen our democracy, and knows that we won’t be able to fix things such as our health care system and the cost of prescription drugs until politicians stop being bought and sold by big money. Kelly is rejecting corporate PAC money and showing Arizonans that his campaign is about fighting for their interests.
A critical Senate pick-up opportunity for Democrats
The 2020 Arizona Senate race is shaping up as one of the top pick-up opportunities for Democrats this cycle. Kelly will face Senator Martha McSally, who narrowly lost her 2018 Senate race by less than 60,000 votes, but was appointed to fill the vacant seat of the late Senator John McCain (a key leader of the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, a law also known as “McCain-Feingold”). This election is a critical opportunity for Democrats to elect a campaign finance reform champion, and a crucial seat for Democratic efforts to win the majority in the U.S. Senate. Kelly is ECU’s first challenger endorsement of the 2020 cycle.
Candidate for California's 17th Congressional District