Congressman Kelly promoted within Mississippi National Guard

The promotion comes not in politics, but in the Mississippi National Guard, in which he has served for 32 years. Kelly is a combat engineer and previously served as a Colonel but his promotion ascends him to the rank Brigadier General.

In a tweet, Kelly says that he is humbled and honored to serve the state of Mississippi and the nation.

A ceremony will be held to make the promotion official on January 20, 2018.

Kelly has served in congress since his election in July 2015.