Gabby Giffords, who used to be a congresswoman, led the bright floats and marching bands in the parade. The Grand Marshal of the 2023 Rose Parade will be her. The people who put together this year’s theme, “Turning the Corner,” say that she is the perfect example of it.
Giffords has also just recently been given the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was seen waving next to her husband, Senator Mark Kelly of the United States. Here, Giffords talks about her journey: “I chose to start over, move forward, and not look back.” Giffords and Sen. Kelly went to the Rose Bowl, and after the parade, Giffords flipped the coin.
Now that Gabby’s audience knows about her personal life, they are more interested in her. People want to know more about her husband, Mark Kelly, and how they are connected. Keep reading the post to learn more about everything.
When Did Giffords Meet Kelly, And When Did They Get Married?
In 2002, Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords met in China. Young leaders were invited to a meeting set up by the National Committee on US-China Relations. When they met, Giffords was a state senator for Arizona and Kelly was an astronaut for NASA. Kelly is married and has two daughters. Giffords used to have a boyfriend.
The next year, when the committee met again in Arizona, both of them were single. They became friends while hiking in the Grand Canyon. When Giffords asked him to go on a tour of the Arizona State Prison with her in November 2004, their friendship turned into love.
When they told the New York Times that they were getting married, Kelly said, “She had everything.” “Beautiful, smart, hard-working, well-balanced, fun to be around, and she laughed at my jokes.”
Kelly and Giffords got married at an organic farm in Amado, Arizona, on November 10, 2007. Giffords and Kelly stayed apart after they got married so that Giffords could keep working at NASA in Arizona and Kelly could keep working at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. In 2022, they will have been together for 15 years.
Mark Kelly was Giffords’s biggest supporter While She Was Recovering
Mark Kelly was an astronaut and a Navy pilot. He is best known for being in a study about twins. Scott Kelly spent a year at the International Space Station while Mark Kelly stayed on Earth. The scientists then looked at the two brothers side by side. He also took the well-known Discovery and Endeavour space shuttles into space.
Kelly was in Houston getting ready for his next mission when Giffords was shot. Parade says that when he heard that his wife had died in the attack, he got on a plane right away to be with her. “Ninety percent of people who get that kind of wound don’t live,” Kelly told the outlet. “And most of the people who do it don’t get out of bed again.” Even though it seems hard to believe, Giffords would get better and, according to a lot of reports, do very well. After that, Gabby’s husband went back into space four months later.
Since he has been married to Giffords for 15 years, Sen. Mark Kelly has been one of her biggest supporters while she has been getting better. During this terrible time, he didn’t leave her side very often. “He’s my best friend,” Giffords says. “He’s kind of funny. I love him very much.”
Mark left NASA in 2011 after he led the Space Shuttle Endeavour on its last mission. Then, in December 2020, Kelly took office. Arizonans had chosen him to finish the term of the late Senator John McCain. Mark took office in the middle of a pandemic, and he got to work right away, working with people from different parties to get results that put Arizona first.