Former astronaut Mark Kelly, who ousted incumbent Republican Martha McSally in final month’s election, was sworn in Wednesday as a U.S. senator from Arizona.
Kelly, a Democrat, will serve the remaining two years within the seat as soon as held by longtime Senator John McCain, a prisoner of battle within the Sixties in Vietnam and the Republican presidential candidate in 2008. McCain died in 2018 after having served two years of a six-year time period. McSally was appointed to interchange him in 2018 however misplaced to Kelly in a particular election.
Kelly might be up for a full six-year time period within the 2022 election. He was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence.
He is the husband of former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who survived an assassination try by a gunman in 2011. Since then, she and Kelly have change into vocal gun management advocates. Giffords watched her husband’s swearing-in from the Senate gallery.
Kelly’s victory gave Democrats management of the Southwestern state’s two Senate seats for the primary time in additional than six many years as the historically Republican state, with a rising Hispanic inhabitants, has become a political battleground.
President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump in Arizona, the primary Democratic presidential contender to win the state since 1996.