31 Facts About Gabrielle Giffords

1. Gabrielle Giffords participated in Science and Technology committee, and chaired its Space and Aeronautics subcommittee in her next term.

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2. Gabrielle Giffords earned re-election in 2008, defeating Republican State Senate President Timothy Bee, a childhood schoolmate, with nearly 55 percent of the vote.

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3. Gabrielle Giffords was elected to a seat in the Arizona State House on her first try for office in 2000.

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4. Gabrielle Giffords gave up her corporate career to return to Tucson to help with the family business.

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5. Gabrielle Giffords was the victim of an assassination attempt in 2011.

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6. Gabrielle Giffords was reported to be the target of the shootings.

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7. Gabrielle Giffords had resigned from her position in the state Senate because she wanted to run for a seat as a member of the Congress.

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8. Gabrielle Giffords attended the christening ceremony, along with Second Lady of the United States Jill Biden, who served as the ship's sponsor.

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9. Gabrielle Giffords is an avid reader, and was featured on NPR's Weekend Edition on July 9, 2006, talking about her love of books.

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10. Gabrielle Giffords is a former member of the Arizona regional board of the Anti-Defamation League.

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11. Gabrielle Giffords said on an interview with the Today show, "Oh, wonderful sky.

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12. On January 8, 2014, Gabrielle Giffords marked the three-year anniversary of the shooting by going skydiving.

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13. In January 2013 Gabrielle Giffords still had difficulty speaking and walking, and her right arm was paralyzed.

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14. On September 6, 2012, Gabrielle Giffords led the Pledge of Allegiance at that evening's meeting of the Democratic National Convention.

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15. In 2008, before being shot, Gabrielle Giffords opposed Washington DC prohibitions on possession of handguns in the home and having usable firearms there, signing an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court to support its overturn.

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16. Gabrielle Giffords said the bill would help high-tech companies in southern Arizona, some of which rely on H-1B employees.

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17. In 2008, Gabrielle Giffords introduced legislation that would have increased the cap on the H-1B visa from 65,000 per year to 130,000 per year.

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18. Gabrielle Giffords worked to secure passage of the August 2010 bill to fund more Border Patrol agents and surveillance technology for Arizona's border with Mexico.

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19. Gabrielle Giffords was one of 60 lawmakers who voted against the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 during its first House vote before switching to a yes vote in its second House vote, and she voted for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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20. On January 22, 2012, Gabrielle Giffords announced in a video statement that she intended to resign her seat so that she could continue to focus on her recovery.

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21. Gabrielle Giffords initially was placed in an induced coma to allow her brain to rest.

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22. On January 8, 2011, Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head outside a Safeway grocery store in Casas Adobes, Arizona, a suburban area northwest of Tucson, during her first "Congress on Your Corner" gathering of the year.

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23. Gabrielle Giffords was a member of the Blue Dog Coalition and the New Democrat Coalition.

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24. Gabrielle Giffords participated in the reading of the United States Constitution on the floor of the House of Representatives on January 6, 2011; she read the First Amendment.

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25. On November 5, 2010, Gabrielle Giffords was declared the victor after a close race against Republican Jesse Kelly.

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26. Gabrielle Giffords won the race on November 7, 2006, with 54 percent of the vote.

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27. On September 12, 2006, Gabrielle Giffords won her party's nomination in the primary election.

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28. Gabrielle Giffords was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives and served from 2001 to 2003.

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29. Gabrielle Giffords worked as an associate for regional economic development at Price Waterhouse in New York City.

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30. On May 16, 2011, Gabrielle Giffords traveled to the Kennedy Space Center to watch the launch of STS-134, the final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour, which was commanded by her husband Mark Kelly.

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31. Gabrielle Giffords is a native of Tucson, Arizona, and a graduate of Scripps College and Cornell University.

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