Gabrielle Giffords steps down

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Courtney Earll

U.S. Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords resigned from Congress on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. Wednesday morning, according to The Huffington Post, House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California started by asking for unanimous consent to speak out of order. “She then praised Giffords, calling her the brightest star this congress has ever seen,” said The Huffington Post.
When Giffords formally gave her resignation she had fellow Congresswomen and close friend, Rep. Debbie Wasserman read Giffords’ letter of resignation to the House on her and her family’s behalf.
A year ago, Giffords was holding an event for her constituents in Tucson when a gunman showed up and killed six people as well as shooting Giffords in the head.
Since then, she has been slowly recovering and has decided that her resignation will help her recovery. In a YouTube video of Giffords announcing her resignation, she states that she is doing better and “each day my spirit is high.” Giffords also stated in her video announcing her resignation that she will return to public service.
On Jan. 24, Giffords sat with her fellow congressmen and women to listen to President Obama’s State of the Union Address. Her resignation was only the third time she had been on the Congress floor since her injury.
According to The Huffington Post, in the end of Giffords’ letter she stated, “Every day I am working hard. I will recover and will return and we will work together again for Arizona and for all Americans.”
Giffords’ letter was sent to Arizona’s Governor, Jan Brewer on Thursday. She will decide the dates for a special election for Giffords’ seat for the rest of the 2012 term.
After her letter was read, Giffords walked her letter up to the Speaker’s chair. She stumbled, got back up and John Boehner caught Giffords. When they touched hands, Boehner got emotional. When she submitted her letter, her resignation was to start effective at the end of the day, Wednesday.  Boehner, started to cry, as most of the House were already crying. Giffords received a standing ovation.