Sen. Mark Kelly of Arizona to headline Mansfield Metcalf Dinner in Helena


U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Arizona, will deliver the keynote address March 4 for the 45th annual Mansfield Metcalf Dinner in Helena, the Montana Democratic Party’s biggest event of the year.

Kelly is a retired U.S. Navy combat pilot, engineer and NASA astronaut.

This year’s celebration will be at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds. Tickets will be on sale beginning Jan 24 at

Kelly took office in December 2020 after Arizonans elected him to fill out the remainder of the late Sen. John McCain’s term. And in 2022, Arizonans elected him to a full six-year term in the Senate.

Kelly lives in Tucson with his wife, former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords. They were married in 2007. She has retired from Congress after an assassination attempt nearly killed her on Jan. 8, 2011. 

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“We are thrilled to host Senator Kelly in Montana. Although it’s a much shorter trip to Helena than to the International Space Station, we are honored he is making the journey,” Montana Democratic Party Executive Director Sheila Hogan said Wednesday in an email.

She said Kelly has dedicated his life to service, protecting Americans, and fighting for working

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