A former congresswoman, Gabby Giffords, led the parade of bright floats and marching bands. She was chosen to be the Grand Marshal of the 2023 Rose Parade. She is the epitome of this year’s theme, “Turning the Corner,” according to organizers.
Giffords was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom very recently. She was seen waving beside her husband, US Senator Mark Kelly. Here, Giffords reflects on her journey: “I opted to make a new start, to go ahead, not to look back.” Giffords and Sen. Kelly attended the Rose Bowl and Giffords flipped the coin after the parade.
Now Gabby’s personal life has piqued the interest of her audience. People want to know about her husband Mark Kelly and more info regarding their relationship. Continue reading the post to know everything in depth.
When Did Giffords And Kelly Meet And Get Married?
Mark Kelly and Gabrielle Giffords met in China in 2002. The National Committee on US-China Relations had set up a meeting for young leaders. At the time they met, Giffords was an Arizona state senator and Kelly was a NASA astronaut. Kelly has been married and also had two daughters, and Giffords used to have a boyfriend.
Whenever the committee got together again the next year in Arizona, both were single. They went hiking in the Grand Canyon together and became friends. In November 2004, when Giffords asked him to join her on a tour of the Arizona State Prison, their friendship turned into a romance.
“She had it all,” Kelly told the New York Times when they announced their engagement. “Beautiful, smart, hard-working, well-balanced, fun to be around, and she chuckled at my jokes.”
Kelly and Giffords got married on November 10, 2007, at an organic farm in Amado, Arizona. After their marriage, Giffords and Kelly continued to live apart so that she could continue her career at NASA in Arizona and Kelly’s at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. In 2022, the pair celebrated their 15 years of togetherness.
Know About Mark Kelly: Giffords Biggest Supporter During Her Recovery
Mark Kelly was both a Navy pilot and an astronaut. He is best known for taking part in a twins study. While Mark Kelly stayed on Earth, his brother Scott Kelly spent a year at the International Space Station. Then, the scientists compared the two brothers. He also led trips into space on the Discovery and Endeavour shuttles, which are both well-known.
The day Giffords was shot, Kelly was in Houston getting ready for his next mission. Parade says that he got on a plane right away to be with his wife after hearing that she had died in the attack. “Ninety percent of people who get that kind of wound don’t survive,” Kelly told the outlet. “And the ones who do usually never get out of bed again.” Unbelievable as it may seem, Giffords would get better and, according to many reports, do exceptionally well. Four months after that, Gabby’s husband went back into space.
Sen. Mark Kelly, who has been married to Giffords for 15 years, has been one of her biggest supporters during her recovery. He almost never left her side during the terrible ordeal. Giffords says, “He’s my best friend.” “He is pretty funny. I love him very much.”
Mark retired from NASA in 2011 after leading the final mission of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Then Kelly took office in December 2020, after Arizonans chose him to finish out the term of the late Senator John McCain. Mark took office during a pandemic, and right away he got to work, reaching across the aisle to get results that put Arizona first.