Democratic senator-elect from Arizona, Mark Kelly visited Sen. John McCain’s grave on Tuesday, one day before his swearing in ceremony to the U.S. senate.
Kelly, accompanied by his wife former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and his daughter Claire laid a wreath at McCain’s grave at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Maryland, according to AZ Central.
The state’s Republican Gov. Doug Ducey appointed Martha McSally to fill the seat left vacant by McCain’s passing. Kelly defeated McSally in the November 3rd election, making this the first time in 67 years that Arizona will be represented by two Democratic senators.
Kelly’s election to fill McCain’s seat is a big deal to the senator -elect who calls McCain one of his heroes.
“He was a hero of mine when I was young, and we often don’t get to meet our heroes,” Kelly recently told The Arizona Republic. “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.”