Wife, mom, doctor, senator — Kelli Ward has a lot to be proud of. From humble beginnings as a coal miner's granddaughter in West Virginia, Dr. Kelli Ward is a graduate of Duke University, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, and A.T. Still University. While in medical school, she met her husband Michael who serves in the Arizona Air National Guard, and together they decided to build their family and their businesses in Arizona.
In 2012, Kelli entered politics by running for a seat in the Arizona State Senate and was unopposed for reelection in 2014. While serving in office, she continued to practice medicine in the emergency department in Lake Havasu City and Kingman, Arizona.
Ward was an extremely effective Arizona state senator. During her time in office, she sponsored legislation that enabled small businesses in Arizona to thrive, protected our second amendment, decreased the size of government by consolidating redundant departments and protected vulnerable students in our schools. In her last year in office, nineteen of her bills were signed into law.
Noted as the most conservative member of the Arizona State Senate, in 2015 she announced her candidacy for the United States Senate against 34-year incumbent John McCain in the Republican primary in the 2016 election. Despite being outspent 10 to 1, Kelli Ward held McCain to his lowest historical primary total ever at 51%.
In October, Kelli announced that she will challenge Republican Senator Jeff Flake, one of President Trump's biggest foes, in the 2018 primary election.