Gabrielle Giffords returns to the US Congress 311 (R).
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PHOENIX - Representative Gabrielle Giffords, shot in the head in a shooting spree in Tucson a year ago, said Sunday she will step down this week from the US Congress to focus on her recovery,
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"I have more work to do on my recovery, so to do what is best for Arizona I will step down this week," Giffords said, posting the announcement on social media such as Twitter and YouTube.
"I'm getting better. Every day my spirit is high. I will return and we
will work together for Arizona and this great country. Thank you very
much," she added.
Giffords, a Democrat representing Arizona's District 8, is serving her third term.
She was shot through the head on January 8 last year when a gunman
opened fire on her first congressional outreach meeting of the year in
Tucson, killing six people and wounding 12 others.
A 23-year-old college dropout, Jared Loughner, was arrested and charged
with crimes, including attempting to assassinate Giffords. He pleaded
not guilty, and was found unfit to stand trial.