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, an emergency physician who has served for over 33 years in the US Air Force and Air National Guard. In 1999 they moved to Lake Havasu City, Arizona where they built their family and their businesses.
Dr. Ward provided care to her community through her own private practice, Lakeview Family Healthcare with her mom, Dr. Lorraine Byrd for over 10 years. After selling her practice to a community health center, she began work in the emergency departments in Lake Havasu and Kingman.
Kelli entered politics by running for a seat in the Arizona State Senate in her effort to defeat Obamacare. After winning a tough primary election in 2012, she was unopposed when running for reelection in 2014. While serving in office, she continued to practice medicine in the emergency departments 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 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. She is building her team and looks forward to working for the people of Arizona in the U.S. Senate.