Statement: Senator Mark Kelly on Electoral College Certification and Violence in Capitol

Today, Arizona Senator Mark Kelly will submit the following statement into the Senate record on his opposition to the baseless objection made to the certification of Arizona’s Electoral College votes and the violence that occurred at the Capitol:

“In America, we have fair elections and peaceful transitions of power. In America, democracy prevails over chaos. And in America, those who commit violent acts against our government are held accountable. These are the values that I served to defend in the United States Navy, and that I have sworn an oath to uphold in the Senate, and they have not failed us.

“Our democracy was tested today. First, by a baseless objection to Arizona’s electoral votes, despite the fact that Arizona’s elections were fairly administered and certified by a Republican Governor, a Democratic Secretary of State, and public servants at every level of government and representing both political parties. And then again by individuals, spurred on by the president, storming the Capitol in an unpatriotic attempt to overturn our election. They will fail, tonight we will count Arizona’s electoral votes and those of every other state.

“For centuries, our democracy has thrived because after elections we have come together to find common ground and solve our challenges, and that is the work we begin tonight. My focus will continue to be on representing Arizonans by working with Republicans and Democrats and the incoming administration to beat this virus and rebuild our economy.”