Gabrielle Giffords to resign from Congress
January 22nd, 2012
02:06 PM ET
3 years ago

Gabrielle Giffords to resign from Congress

(CNN) – Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords announced on her website Sunday that she will resign from Congress this week to continue her recuperation from the brain injury she suffered when shot just over a year ago.

"A lot has happened over the past year. We cannot change that," Giffords says in a video on her website, speaking in a halting voice.

"Thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover," she says in the video. "I have more work to do on my recovery. So to do what is best for Arizona, I will step down this week."

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  1. don in albuquerque

    So sorry to hear this. I think we all understand. God speed, Gabby.

    January 22, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. Tired of republican lies

    Oh man...sorry to see you go Gabby...I hope your husband runs in your place. :(

    January 22, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. DorisV

    Sorry to hear this. She made a decision that I'm sure was very difficult. Hope she continues to recover. Perhaps she can run again later. She still is young.

    January 22, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. willie floyd

    This is a great loss to her state and the country. She has shown strength that few people possess. I wish her a complete recovery and happy times following her recovery. God bless!

    January 22, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. SafeJourney

    Gabrille, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and wish you the best on your continued recovery. God be with you.

    January 22, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Liz

    Wishing her the best on her road to recovery.

    January 22, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. Stephen Kale

    Representative Giffords is an amazing role model and will be missed. I wish her the best in her recovery, and thank her for remaining strong and dedicated to her constituents.

    January 22, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. scranton

    Bless your heart Gabby. You are a real gem.

    January 22, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. Jannynet

    Sorry to hear this but it sounds like she has her priorities straight. She could run again later and probably be elected. Get well Gabby and good luck.

    January 22, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. pete green

    This was something she should have done long before today. Her constituents haven't had any real representation since that tragedy. I wish her and her family nothing but the best, they seem like an incredible couple.

    January 22, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. Marc

    The right thing to do. Best wishes on your recovery Gabby!

    January 22, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. karen

    Heartbreaking...She is both sad & inspiring at the same time. She and her husband have served the country well. Now needs to be "her" time. She has made the right decision.

    January 22, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. Penny Nickels

    That's too bad. She would have easily won re-election.

    January 22, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. Alex

    Very classy lady, even after being shot. Sorry to see her leave and I hope she recovers fully.

    January 22, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. J Patton

    Even though I don't agree with Liberal Politicians. I wish her the very best. This was such a tradgedy for her and her family. She is a sweet lady and I pray for a full recovery for her.

    January 22, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. Taiye Enams

    Her decision to leave Congress is a casualty of democracy inflicted on America and Americans by radical republicans. It's a shame how those selfish and radical republicans have caused this loss.

    January 22, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. Paul

    Sad moment in history.

    January 22, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. SecedingfromTexas

    Bless her heart. I am so sorry, but not really surprised. They will have a great life together, and that is the important
    thing.

    January 22, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. Ken

    This is such a tragedy and loss...she is one of the good ones!

    January 22, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. OMG

    Is NOTHING above politics? Is this announcement timed for State of the Union? I can't beleive it. Bless Ms. Giffords, but curses on whoever timed this announcement to make it a political prop.

    January 22, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. Rachael

    Good luck, Rep. Giffords.

    January 22, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. Beverly Williams

    Best wishes to you and your family. I support your decision to resign as your health is more important than politics.

    January 22, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. Joe B

    Wish you all the best Mrs. Giffords!

    January 22, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  24. joeazona

    Good Luck Gabby. Thanks for your service.

    January 22, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. us1776

    We understand you need to focus on your recovery and we're all rooting for you to have a complete recovery.

    Thanks for all your hard work, Gabby.

    We'll see you when you're ready.

    .

    January 22, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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