Mark Kelly Statement on the Confirmation of Dr. Vivek Murthy as U.S. Surgeon General

December 15, 2014 –

”Tonight, the United States Senate did the responsible thing: It stood up to the gun lobby, stood up for common sense, and voted to ensure that the United States has a qualified medical professional as its top doctor.

”While it’s great to the Senate has finally acted, this vote was long overdue. It’s a shame that Dr. Murthy’s nomination was held up for so many months simply because he had evaluated the data and stated the obvious: gun violence is a public health risk.

”We are grateful to the thousands of Americans for Responsible Solutions supporters who contacted their Senator to say how important it is that our nation has a Surgeon General in place, and to urge their Senator to stand up to the gun lobby and vote to confirm Dr. Murthy.”