Jan. 3 – TUPELO – Outgoing U.S. Representative Trent Kelly seeks to represent northeastern Mississippi for two years in the House of Representatives.
On Monday, Kelly officially qualified for re-election. He won a first special election in 2015 for the 1st seat of Congress after the death of former US Representative Alan Nunnelee. He was then re-elected in 2016, 2018 and 2020.
“It is an honor to serve the citizens of the First District of Mississippi,” Kelly told the Daily Journal in a statement. “I will continue to fight for conservative, family-friendly and fiscally sound policies that strengthen our national defense and grow our economy.”
Kelly is a Republican from Saltillo and was a district attorney for the state’s first judicial district in northeast Mississippi. He is one of the most senior military officials in Congress, reaching the rank of Major General in the Mississippi National Guard.
Kelly sits on the House Armed Services Committee and is the leading member of the Intelligence and Special Operations subcommittee. The four-term Republican also sits on the Intelligence Committee, the Agriculture Committee and the Budget Committee.
Since taking office, Kelly has advocated for policies that expand benefits for U.S. veterans and has broadly supported the general policies of the GOP.
For the past two years, Kelly has applied to the United States Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and allowing states to pass their own abortion laws, opposed federal mandates on the COVID-19 vaccine, and criticized President Joe Biden’s administration for how it has treated US troops withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Last year, Kelly was one of many GOP officials who voted to oppose certification of the 2020 presidential election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania. The objection came just days after supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in a violent crowd over false allegations that the election was rigged and stolen.
Although he condemned the violence on the United States Capitol that day, Kelly told the Daily Journal that he did not make a direct connection to the acts of violence in Washington and his votes to reconsider. question the legitimacy of election results in other states.
The qualifying period for Congress races began on Monday and will end on March 1. The party primaries will take place on June 7; the general elections are set for November 8.