An Emotional Farewell
Earlier this week, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) announced that one year after the shooting that shocked the nation, she would be resigning her seat in the House of Representatives in order to focus on her recovery. Check out the videos.
Giffords Announces Her Resignation
Giffords Officially Submits Her Resignation on the House Floor
Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), a close personal friend of Giffords, read Giffords official resignation letter on the House floor today during an emotional farewell that brought Democrats and Republicans together to pay tribute to their colleague.
Tom Perriello, the new president and CEO of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, who previously served in the House with Giffords had warm words for his former colleague:
Rep. Giffords inspires a nation with her courage, and will continue to touch lives through all of her endeavors. I have fond memories of her going out of her way to support me as a newcomer to Congress, and incorporate my ideas onto her efforts to reform congressional earmarks and to protect our veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Without pretensions or concerns about credit, she showed me that a good person could come to Washington and change the place more than it changed her. She is a champion of the people and of progressive causes, which she defends with conviction. I hope hundreds of young people around the nation will continue to follow her great works and aspire to one day match her integrity in congress. Our nation will be stronger for it.
We’ll miss you, Gabby.
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