Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Gabrielle Giffords, and Gloria Giffords at the Grand Hyatt Washington on Tuesday. (Courtesy of EMILY's List)

The political future of Gabrielle Giffords may be unclear, but her name will now be attached to other people’s political futures. Making a return to Washington Tuesday night, the former congresswoman was honored at an EMILY’s List awards ceremony. The group, which funds the campaigns of Democratic women who support abortion rights, supported Giffords in her early races; at the ceremony, leaders announced they’ve named a new prize, the Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award, that will honor other women starting their political careers. Giffords, still recovering from last year’s shooting, did not speak publicly; her mother, Gloria, accepted the honor for her: “She has the focus of a space shuttle captain — one in particular she’s quite fond of. She knows you don’t leave the ship. She’s not done. Her mission isn’t complete.”