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.
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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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.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in a recent photo. It was posted on her Facebook page earlier today (June 12, 2011).
June 12, 2011 Giffords' hair is shorter than in the past, but there are no visible scars and little sign of the horrific injury she suffered when a lone gunman attacked an event she was holding at a strip mall in Tucson on Jan. 8.
June 9, 2011 The congresswoman, who continues to recover from a gunshot wound to her head suffered on Jan. 8, likely will soon feel comfortable having her picture released, her chief of staff says.
May 25, 2011 Jared Loughner mumbled loudly during a hearing into whether he's mentally competent. The judge had him removed. Loughner later said he preferred to watch the proceedings on TV from another room.
In this Jan. 5, 2011 file photo, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., takes part in a reenactment of her swearing-in, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
May 19, 2011 The congresswoman now has a patch on her skull. She's recovering from the severe injuries she received when a gunman attacked an event she was holding in Tucson on Jan. 8. Six people were killed. Thirteen, including Giffords, were wounded.
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May 18, 2011 Doctors will replace a piece of her skull with a plastic implant, The Associated Press reports. The procedure is an important step in her recovery from the severe head wound she received during a Jan. 8 shooting rampage.
April 27, 2011 The Arizona lawmaker, still recovering from the gunshot wound she suffered during a Jan. 8 shooting rampage in Tucson, is going to watch her husband and the crew of space shuttle Endeavour launch on Friday.
April 25, 2011 "Medically, there is no reason she could not travel safely to Florida to participate in this incredible event with her husband," the director of the neuroscience institute at Houston's TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital confirmed today.
While Rep. Giffords recovers, her staff has continued to work. As this file photo of the office's in/out board shows, though, they do so knowing that one aide — Gabe Zimmerman — was killed in the Jan. 8 rampage.
March 31, 2011 Other Democrats are hesitating about getting into the campaign for the seat now held by outgoing Republican Sen. Jon Kyl. They first want to know if Giffords, who is recovering from being shot, will be a candidate.
March 11, 2011 She is speaking in sentences, walking without assistance and can recall childhood memories. The congresswoman did not remember the shooting rampage that critically injured her and killed six others, but has been told about what happened.
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