Wednesday, January 25, 2012

U.S. Congresswoman "Gabby" Giffords From Arizona Resigns

Congresswoman Gabielle "Gabby" Giffords from Arizona's 8th Congressional District turned in her letter of resignation on Wednesday.

By H. Nelson Goodson
January 25, 2012

Washington, D.C. - On Wednesday, Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords, 41, (D-AZ) submitted her letter of resignation to Speaker John Boehner (R) of The U.S. House of Representatives. Giffords cited that she will concentrate on her recovery and will someday get back into politics.
Giffords also turned in her letter of resignation to Arizona Jan Brewer (R) who will set a special primary and general elections to elect someone to finish Giffords 2012 term.
Giffords was first elected to the U.S. Congress on November 2006 and will not seek re-election.
Her resignation comes more than one year after getting shot at an outdoor political event. Giffords was shot and wounded in the head on January 8, 2011 and 13 people were also wounded and six were reported killed. They were attending an outdoor Giffords' political presentation about "Congress on your Corner" event near Tucson.
The alleged shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, 22, was charged with five federal felony counts, two homicides and three attempted homicides in Giffords' shooting including her staff and a federal judge.
Loughner was charged for the murders of U.S. District Chief Judge John M. Roll, 63, and Gabe Zimmerman, 30, a federal employee and Community Outreach Director for Congresswoman Giffords.
Loughner was also charged with the attempted homicide of Congresswoman Giffords and her two staffers and federal employees Pam Simon and Ron Barber, Giffords Deputy Director.

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