Mark Kelly, retired astronaut and congresswoman spokesman Gabby Giffords, announced this morning's bid for the US Senate site in Arizona previously held by John McCain.
Kelly made her announcement by a video published on social media, and joins the list of astronauts who continued to seek public office. His platform includes a scientifically based approach to political issues, and he would run on the Democratic Party ticket.
Prior to his astronaut career, Kelly was a naval pilot flying during the American Persian Gulf War. NASA chose Kelly as space shuttle pilot in 1
Kelly became known to the public after his wife, Arizona Congress Leader Gabby Giffords, was grossly injured in a shooter that killed six other people. He began to advocate police control policy and started the super PAC Americans for responsible solutions with his wife. That organization is now a research and advocacy group called Giffords with a mission to prevent violence.
Gizmodo readers are probably also familiar with Kelly's twin brother, retired astronaut Scott Kelly. Experiments have focused on how space physically changed him compared to his twin, and at the time of his retirement, Scott Kelly had spent more time in space than any other American astronaut. That recording is now being held by retired NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson.
The astronauts have a long history running for public office. Astronaut John Glenn served in the Senate from 1974 to 1999. Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison & # 39; Jack & # 39; Schmitt represented New Mexico in the United States Senate 1977-1983. Apollo 13 astronaut Jack Swigert famous for expressing the words "Houston, we have had a problem" choice was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1982 but died of cancer before taking office. The first Canadian in space, Marc Garneau, served in the Canadian Parliament and is currently the Canadian Transport Minister.
Kelly's drive for science-based policies is moving towards Democratic Party candidates, pushing for evidence-based solutions to issues such as climate change, healthcare, and gun control. A list of existing US politicians with scientific backgrounds can be found here.