Rep. Gabrielle Giffords resigning from Congress this week

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), a little more than a year after being shot in Tucson, announced Sunday that she will resign from Congress this week.

“To do what is best for Arizona, I will step down this week. I’m getting better,” Giffords said in a two-minute video posted on her congressional Web site.

A transcript of the full video is below:

Arizona is my home. Always will be. A lot has happened over the past year. We cannot change that. But I know on the issues we fought for, we can change things for the better. Jobs. Border security. Veterans. We can do so much more by working together.

I don’t remember much from that horrible day. But I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice.

Thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover.

I have more work to do on my recovery, so to do what is best for Arizona, I will step down this week.

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.


View Photo Gallery: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who has been undergoing physical and speech therapy for the past year, says she will resign from Congress this week.

Note: This post originally said Giffords was retiring. She is resigning.

Paul Kane covers Congress and politics for the Washington Post.
Sandhya Somashekhar is the social change reporter for the Washington Post.

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