Arizona Senator-elect Mark Kelly will be sworn in Wednesday at noon | Arizona Politics

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Arizona Senator-elect Mark Kelly will be sworn in to the US Senate on Wednesday.

Kelly will be sworn in at a ceremony at noon Arizona time (2:00 p.m. Eastern) in Washington DC. He will fill the term of the late John McCain’s Senate seat, which expires in 2022.

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Following McCain’s death in August 2018, former senator Jon Kyl was named acting senator before McSally was named a few months later. She was sworn in on January 3, 2019. She lost to Kelly in the 2020 general election.

When Kelly is sworn in, he will join Democrat Kyrsten Sinema as Arizona’s representative in the Senate. It will be the first time since 1953 that Arizona will have two Democrats in the upper house of Congress. Sinema beat McSally in 2018 for his job.

Arizona Senator-elect Mark Kelly announced his 13-person bipartisan team for taking office.

First on Kelly’s agenda will be to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and its effects on people and the economy.

“In a crisis, you have to deal with these things first, and that means tackling COVID-19 and at the same time trying to support these people out there who have really struggled, lost their jobs and tried to survive. get out of it here in the state of Arizona with very little unemployment benefits,” he once said. “And then try to get the economy back on its feet after that.”

Kelly is a former captain in the United States Navy who also piloted and commanded several shuttle missions for NASA, including Space Shuttle Endeavour’s final mission. After that, he retired.

Kelly is the husband of former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. She was shot in the head and nearly died at a Congress On Your Corner event in Tucson in 2011. After the Sandy Hook mass shooting in 2012, the couple founded Americans for Responsible Solutions, a nonprofit organization nonprofit that pushes for more gun control.

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