Rep. Gabrielle Giffords hugs Daniel Hernandez, the former intern who helped save her life.
January 23, 2012 The Arizona congresswoman met with constituents and staffers who survived last year's shooting rampage. Giffords announced Sunday that she was resigning her seat to focus on her recovery.
January 22, 2012 From her public appearances, including her resignation video, it was clear that Giffords, even as a powerful symbol of the strength of human will and the advances in trauma medicine, would face significant challenges in dealing with the rigors of a re-election campaign. So her decision, though a sad reminder of what has been taken from her, was not a surprise.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords announced on Sunday that she will be stepping down from Congress.
January 22, 2012 The Democratic congresswoman from Arizona said she will step down this week in order to focus on her health. Giffords was shot in the head and wounded last January as she was meeting with constituents outside a supermarket in Tucson, Ariz.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and her husband, Mark Kelly, as they recited the Pledge of Allegiance at Sunday's memorial service in Tucson.
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January 9, 2012 One year to the day after a gunman opened fire during a Tucson meet-and-greet with her constituents — killing six people and wounding 13 — the still-recovering Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) spoke for the first time since then at a public event.
Captain Mark Kelly hugs his wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) at the White House in October.
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January 7, 2012 In the year that's followed the shooting that left six dead and 13 wounded — including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) — the nation has mourned with Tucson as the city has healed.
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Suzi Hileman inspects an aloe on her front porch on Wednesday, Aug. 24.
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November 16, 2011 "I can think about it now without sobbing," says Suzi Hileman, who was wounded in the shooting rampage that left six people dead and 13, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, injured. Others who survived or lost loved ones are also finding ways to cope.
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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords last May.
November 15, 2011 In a message to her constituents, the congresswoman says "representing Arizona is my honor." Her husband tells NPR "it's very possible" she will run for reelection next year. Giffords is recovering from being shot in January.
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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) during her interview with ABC News.
November 11, 2011 The congresswoman and her husband have written a book about her recovery from being shot last January. Her interview with ABC offers the first chance for the public to hear from Giffords directly.
Aug. 1: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) waves to her House colleagues after voting for a bill to raise the federal debt ceiling.
November 4, 2011 In a book she's written with her husband about being shot and her recovery, the Democratic congresswoman from Arizona also says "I will get stronger."
September 2, 2011 The Pima County (Arizona) Republican Party is selling chances on a Glock 23 .40-caliber handgun. Pima County part of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' district. And the gun used to kill six people and wound 13 others, including Giffords, was a Glock.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), center, is welcomed by her fellow members of the the House of Representatives as she appears on the floor for the first time since her shooting earlier this year.
August 2, 2011 The appearance of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on the House floor Monday cheered her colleagues — and brought tears to many of her staff members, even though they knew the moment was coming, her communications director says.
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August 1, 2011 There are very few Capitol Hill news stories that could have rivaled the passage of the debt-ceiling legislation by the House Monday, which was obviously a huge story.But the return of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to the House chamber to cast a "yes" vote on the bill was certainly one of them.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) waves to her House colleagues after voting for a bill to raise the federal debt ceiling, in this image from House Television.
August 1, 2011 Even as the vote results came in, the loudest cheers were heard when Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) made her first appearance on the House floor since she was severely wounded by a gunman in January.
Taken on May 17, this photo of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (left) and her mother, Gloria Giffords, was posted on her Facebook page on June 12.
June 28, 2011 "She did not look sick at all," ABC News' Gina Sunseri says of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) after the congresswoman's first public appearance before a large crowd since being shot and critically wounded on Jan. 8.
Astronaut Mark Kelly on April 29, 2011.
June 21, 2011 "After some time off, I will look at new opportunities and am hopeful that one day I will again serve our country," he says in a statement. Giffords continues to recover from a gunshot wound she suffered on Jan. 8.
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