Obama to name Giffords to Fulbright board
May 16th, 2013
07:52 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama to name Giffords to Fulbright board

(CNN) - President Barack Obama plans to appoint former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to the board of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship program, the White House announced Thursday.

Giffords, who resigned from Congress after being wounded in a 2011 mass shooting, was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Chihuahua, Mexico in 1996.

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The former congresswoman from Arizona has been heavily involved in the gun control debate with her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly.

In the wake of the Newtown elementary school shooting, the two have created the group "Americans for Responsible Solutions" to lobby Congress for new laws to combat gun violence.

The Fulbright program, sponsored by the State Department, provides grants to students and scholars in an educational exchange system that’s active in 155 countries. Congress established the 12-member board to oversee the program, as authorized by the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961.

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  1. buongiorno

    seriously people give it a break leave the woman alone you ruthless ect

    May 16, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  2. Thomas

    To New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte , Gabrielle Giffords is what a woman of curage and compassion looks like .

    Ayotte: I won't back down .
    Kelly Ayotte in focus as NRA and pro-gun groups mobilize ... Marco Rubio PAC, Reclaim America, Running Ads Defending Kelly Ayotte

    Tell that to former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords personaly.
    It takes curage to change , do the right thing.

    May 17, 2013 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  3. ladeeda

    Good. I hope she enjoys it.

    May 17, 2013 03:57 am at 3:57 am |
  4. A True Conservative

    No wonder he was too busy to deal with Benghazi, the IRS or AP issues.....he had to take care of this. This is what you get when you elect someone with absolutely no experience to the highest office in the nation....incompetence......

    May 17, 2013 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  5. Name lynn

    Well done giffords president obama have appointed you all a seat.

    May 17, 2013 07:19 am at 7:19 am |