Mark Kelly stops in Phoenix to campaign for the 2020 Senate race

PHOENIX (FOX 10) - Retired astronaut Mark Kelly is starting his run for the Senate in 2020, and he is making his way across the state. Sunday he spoke at the Van Buren in downtown Phoenix.

Kelly officially launched his campaign Saturday in Tucson. He is the first Democrat to launch his campaign to replace current Senator Martha McSally, who was appointed to the Senate by Governor Doug Ducey.

At the Van Buren, alongside his wife, former Tucson Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly spoke about his time as an astronaut and his time in the Navy.

Kelly focused on key issues including affordable healthcare and gun control. He mentioned the shooting incident in Tucson where his wife was shot when a gunman opened fire and killed six people.

"Like so many families, we were knocked to the ground in a drastic and unexpected way, but you know what, we got up," said Kelly. "Gabby fought and I knew I had to fight too, had to fight for her through her treatment, her recovery, her rehabilitation and for her new life. And today I still think about how much more difficult that fight would've been without access to affordable healthcare."