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Sen.-elect Mark Kelly visits John McCain's grave ahead of swearing-in

Sen.-elect Mark Kelly visits John McCain's grave ahead of swearing-in
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Mark KellyMark KellyThe Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? Tensions grow between liberals and centrists on infrastructure On The Money: Yellen, Powell brush off inflation fears | Fed keeps rates steady, upgrades growth projections MORE, Arizona's Democratic senator-elect, paid a visit to the late Arizona Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainFive takeaways from the Biden-Putin summit Meghan McCain: Harris 'sounded like a moron' discussing immigration Arizona AG Mark Brnovich launches Senate challenge to Mark Kelly MORE’s (R) grave ahead of his swearing in.

Kelly, along with his wife, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), and his daughter Claire, placed a wreath on McCain’s grave, located at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Maryland, according to the Arizona Republic.

The politician, former astronaut and retired U.S. Navy captain is set to have his Senate swearing-in ceremony tomorrow.

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Republican Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyMcGuire unveils Arizona Senate campaign On The Trail: Arizona is microcosm of battle for the GOP Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly welcome first grandchild MORE filled the vacant Senate seat that resulted from McCain’s death from brain cancer in 2018. Kelly beat her in last month's election, taking over for the remaining two years of the late senator’s term. McCain was last elected to the Senate in 2016.

His election to McCain’s seat has special significance for Kelly, who referred to McCain as someone he looked up to growing up, despite the two representing opposing political parties. Kelly said he’s looking forward to using McCain’s desk when he takes office.

“He was a hero of mine when I was young, and we often don’t get to meet our heroes,” Kelly said. “It’s also much less often that you eventually get to call them a friend and to be elected to his United States Senate seat, that — that’s a very big deal for me.”