Mark Kelly and Gabrielle Giffords

Since the attempted assassination of former US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the inspiring story of hope, resilience and policy-changing efforts she shares with husband Mark Kelly, has captivated our nation. A hero in his own right, Kelly is a celebrated four-time American astronaut, retired US Navy Captain, best-selling author, and experienced combat naval aviator.

In their best-selling memoir, Gabby, the couple share their story of hope and resilience. Their story captivated the nation in an exclusive interview with Diane Sawyer, appearances on Nightline and The Daily Show, as well as on the covers of People and USA Today. In 2013, on the second anniversary of the Tucson shooting, Kelly and Giffords launched a political action committee aimed at curbing gun violence.

Mark Kelly

Kelly is an American hero who inspires others to be their best while remaining true to their core values. He exemplifies leadership, the importance of teamwork, and courage under pressure.

Kelly is an American astronaut, retired US Navy Captain, best-selling author, and an experienced naval aviator who flew combat missions during the Gulf War. The winner of many awards, including the Legion of Merit, two Defense Superior Service Medals and two Distinguished Flying Crosses, Kelly was selected as an astronaut in 1996. He flew his first of four missions in 2001 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, and then commanded it on its final flight in May 2011. He has also commanded Space Shuttle Discovery and is one of only two individuals who have visited the International Space Station on four different occasions. Kelly was named one of Esquire Magazine’s 2011 “Americans of the Year.” Kelly has also written a children’s book, Mousetronaut: A Partially True Story, about a mouse chosen for a space mission, released in October 2012.

Kelly became the center of international attention after the January 2011 assassination attempt on his wife, former US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Gabrielle (Gabby) Giffords

Giffords was a member of the Arizona State Legislature from 2001 to 2005, until she resigned to run for a seat in the US House of Representatives that she subsequently won three times. She is a self-described “former Republican”.

Her work in US Congress was aligned with health care access, improved education and efficiency in public schools, renewable energy, in particular solar energy as a top public policy priority, and US-Mexico border security and she served on Congressional Committees on Armed Services and Science, Space and Technology.

An assassination attempt on her life in late 2010 left Giffords critically injured, but her spirit of survival and efforts to remain working despite grueling physical therapy and rehabilitation inspired a nation of well wishers and supporters. In January 2012 Giffords resigned from office in order to concentrate on recovering from her wounds, but promised to return to public service in the future.

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