Amelia Babis, Mark Kelly’s First Wife: 5 Fast Facts

Amelia Victoria Babis is the former wife of astronaut Mark Kelly, who announced on February 12, 2019, that he was running to represent Arizona in the Senate as a Democrat. He is vying for the late Senator John McCain’s seat, which Martha McSally was appointed to fill until a 2020 special election.

Kelly is now married to former congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who famously survived a gunshot to the head during a 2011 meet-and-greet with constituents. He addressed the attack in a video to launch his campaign.

My next mission… #FullSpeedAhead #ForArizona

— Mark Kelly (@ShuttleCDRKelly) February 12, 2019

Kelly and Giffords tied the knot in 2007, three years after his divorce from Babis. Kelly and Babis have two children together and were married for 15 years.

Here’s what you need to know.

1. Amelia Babis & Mark Kelly Tied the Knot in 1989, Had Two Daughters & Were Married for 15 Years

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Wet and full of sand at the beach now off for meatballs at Nonno Tony’s… This is Sunday Funday for sure!!! Ps… Shiner says”hi mom!”

A post shared by Amy Babis Kelly (@amybabiskelly) on Aug 18, 2013 at 4:25pm PDT

Amelia Victoria Babis married Mark Kelly in 1989. They had two daughters together: Claudia Helen Kelly was born in 1995 and Claire Sophia Kelly followed in 1997.

They raised their daughters in Texas. Online property records in Galveston County show they were living in League City, Texas, at the time of their divorce in 2004.

2. Amelia Babis Kept the House in the Divorce; Mark Kelly Continued to Live There Until 2005

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Amelia Babis and Mark Kelly got divorced in 2004. They have kept quiet about the reasoning for their split. Kelly reportedly kept living in their family home until 2005. Kelly first met Gabby Giffords in 2003, but reportedly did not go on their first date until after Kelly and Babis had split.

Babis was granted the house in the divorce, according to Galveston County public records. The document dated September 17, 2004, stated that Kelly “grants, sells and conveys to Grantee all of Grantor’s interest in the property.” According to Zillow, their home in League City, Texas, was 3,300 square feet and was originally built in 1909. We have blacked out the exact address in the official document.

3. Amelia Babis Kelly Kept Her Ex-Husband’s Last Name

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Sunday Funday with my baby baby bella bella boom boom! #beautifulday #gulfofmexico #clearlake

A post shared by Amy Babis Kelly (@amybabiskelly) on Feb 16, 2014 at 12:48pm PST

Amelia Babis took Mark Kelly’s last name when they got married and she has kept it since the divorce. She uses the nickname “Amy” on her Instagram account, which also includes Babis Kelly in the profile name.

Her page is filled with pictures of dogs. She …read more



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