September 6th, 2012
08:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Gabby Giffords makes emotional appearance at DNC

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords made an emotional return to the political stage Thursday night when she led the pledge of allegiance at the Democratic National Convention.

Giffords, who stepped down from Congress in January to focus on her recovery from a shooting that left her grievously wounded, walked out with good friend Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz by her side.
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Gabrielle Giffords to deliver pledge of allegiance at Democratic Convention
September 6th, 2012
12:02 PM ET
2 years ago

Gabrielle Giffords to deliver pledge of allegiance at Democratic Convention

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - In what is sure to be an emotional moment for the tens of thousands of delegates and attendees, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will deliver the pledge of allegiance at Thursday's session of the Democratic National Convention.

"Gabby will attend the convention tonight and will deliver the pledge of allegiance," Giffords' spokeswoman Hayley Zachary told CNN.
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19 months after mass shooting, ex-Rep. Giffords moves back to Tucson
August 12th, 2012
07:40 PM ET
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19 months after mass shooting, ex-Rep. Giffords moves back to Tucson

(CNN) – Nineteen months after she and 18 others were shot at a political event - six of them fatally - former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned home Sunday to her native southern Arizona, her husband said.

Giffords has spent most of the time since the January 8, 2011, attack at medical facilities in Houston recovering from being shot in the head at a "Congress On Your Corner" event outside a Safeway supermarket in Tucson. She's returned to her hometown several times since that shooting, though not permanently until now.

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Giffords' successor, shooting survivor holds symbolic meet-and-greet event
Arizona Rep. Ron Barber was sworn in on June 19 by House Speaker John Boehner as Barber's wife, Nancy, looks on.
June 23rd, 2012
09:38 PM ET
2 years ago

Giffords' successor, shooting survivor holds symbolic meet-and-greet event

(CNN) - Days after being sworn in to fill Gabrielle Giffords' congressional seat, Rep. Ron Barber hobnobbed with constituents at a "Congress On Your Corner" event - the same type of meet-and-greet at which he, Giffords and 17 others were shot, six fatally.

Then in her third term, Giffords was holding her own "Congress On Your Corner" on January 8, 2011, outside a Safeway supermarket in Tucson when authorities say Jared Lee Loughner began opening fire. Shot in the head, Giffords resigned from Congress just over a year later to focus on her recovery.

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Filed under: Arizona • Gabrielle Giffords
Former Giffords aide wins election to finish her term
(L) Democrat Ron Barber. (R) Republican Jesse Kelly
June 13th, 2012
01:41 AM ET
2 years ago

Former Giffords aide wins election to finish her term

(CNN) – Democrat Ron Barber won a special election in Arizona on Tuesday to fill the remainder of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' term in Congress, CNN projects.

On Wednesday morning, official results showed Barber with 52% of the vote, while his Republican opponent Jesse Kelly was at 45%. In 2010 Kelly, a former Marine and Iraq war veteran, challenged Giffords but came up 4,000 votes short.

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Filed under: 2012 • Arizona • Gabrielle Giffords • House
June 12th, 2012
03:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Video: Giffords votes for successor in election

(CNN) - Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, her husband Mark and candidate Ron Barber voted in Arizona's special election together.

Read more about Tuesday's election here.


Filed under: Arizona • Gabrielle Giffords
Is civil discourse possible in race to replace Giffords?
June 11th, 2012
03:27 PM ET
2 years ago

Is civil discourse possible in race to replace Giffords?

Tucson, Arizona (CNN) – Voters in Arizona's 8th Congressional District will decide Tuesday who will serve out the remainder of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' term in a race seen by politicos as a test for the fall and by observers as taking the temperature of the nation's political discourse.

On one side is Giffords' aide Ron Barber, who was wounded in the 2011 shooting that critically injured Giffords and killed six other people. His opponent is Republican Jesse Kelly, a former Marine and Iraq war veteran who ran a tea party-fueled campaign against Giffords in 2010 that came up 4,000 votes short.

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Giffords stumps for former aide in rare public appearance
June 10th, 2012
11:11 AM ET
2 years ago

Giffords stumps for former aide in rare public appearance

Tucson, Arizona (CNN) – Former Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords made a rare appearance before a cheering crowd of supporters at a "Get out the vote" concert in downtown Tucson.

Giffords was joined by her husband, Mark Kelly, at the Saturday event for a special election race for the seat from which she resigned.

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Filed under: 2012 • Arizona • Gabrielle Giffords
Out of context but in the campaign: Candidate calls Gabby Giffords ‘hero of nothing’
June 4th, 2012
08:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Out of context but in the campaign: Candidate calls Gabby Giffords ‘hero of nothing’

(CNN) - An Arizona Republican congressional candidate may have called Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords a “hero of nothing” six months before the tragic shooting that severely wounded the congresswoman, but that’s not stopping a super PAC supportive of his opponent from making sure the statement, out of context, haunts him.

Giffords, who was shot in the head in January 2011 when a gunman opened fire at an event she was holding at a Tucson grocery story, stepped down earlier this year to focus full time on her recovery.
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Dems, Republicans make their picks in election to replace Giffords
Democrat Ron Barber (L) and Republican Jesse Kelly (R) will compete in the special election on June 12 to fill the House seat vacated by former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
April 18th, 2012
11:22 AM ET
2 years ago

Dems, Republicans make their picks in election to replace Giffords

(CNN) – Voters in Arizona's 8th Congressional District cast their ballots Tuesday in the primary ahead of the special election to replace former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

The congresswoman resigned from her seat in January to focus on her recovery from the Tucson shooting that killed six and wounded 13 others, including Giffords.
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Filed under: 2012 • Arizona • Gabrielle Giffords • House
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