Kelly announced his Senate bid with a four-minute video shared on social media.
"My next mission", he simply wrote.
Kelly was a NASA astronaut who last flew to orbit in 2011 as a member of the crew of STS-134, flown on Space Shuttle Endeavour.
"They are an embarrassment to this country, that they don't have any compassion or care for people who have been taken brutally from their families", she said. I care about this nation ...
But Barnes said that, while running for Senate, Kelly will have to deal with a whole new batch of criticisms and attacks that he has not seen during his time as a gun safety advocate.
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"I learned a lot from being an astronaut". He flew combat missions during the first Gulf War and was a Navy test pilot before becoming an astronaut along with his twin brother, Scott Kelly.
In his campaign video, Mr Kelly said his mother, who became one of the first female police officers in her division in the 1970s, taught him about hard work, and his wife taught him "how you use policy to improve people's lives". Kelly blames those problems on gerrymandering, corporate influence in politics and hyper-partisanship, offering himself as an antidote to those problems. Martha McSally, who was appointed to the seat late past year. Martha McSally current holds the seat until the 2020 special election. I learned a lot about solving problems from being an engineer. Giffords was shot at an event outside a Tucson grocery store in an incident that left six dead and 13 wounded. Kelly and Giffords have since pushed Congress to enact gun control measures with little success.
Kelly is angling for Republican Sen.
"The thing I have to do for my wife is to be able to think clearly and make good decisions..."
McSally, a former Air Force pilot, is expected to run as well. John McCain (R-Ariz.) until his death in August. If elected he would serve out the remaining two years of McCain's six-year term. Congressman Ruben Gallego, who has represented the state's 7th Congressional District has said he is considering entering the race as is Congressman Greg Stanton, a former Mayor of Phoenix who now represents the state's 9th Congressional District.
In the campaign ad, Kelly identifies affordable health care, wage and job growth, and climate change as among the "incredibly challenging issues" facing Arizonans in the year head.