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House to honor Gabe Zimmerman, Giffords aide who died in shooting

The House of Representatives is expected Thursday to honor Gabe Zimmerman, the congressional aide who was killed in the January shootings in Tucson that injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, by dedicating a room to him.

Zimmerman, who was 30, served as Giffords’s community outreach director.

The shooting, which took place at a constituent event that Zimmerman had organized, left him and five others dead, including federal judge John Roll and 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green. Giffords has been recovering at a rehabilitation center in Houston.

The room-naming resolution was introduced in July by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee and a close friend of Giffords, and Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.). It is being fast-tracked to the floor by House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) after months of deliberations on how to honor Zimmerman.

The basement conference room that will be named for him hosts House Democrats’ weekly caucus meetings as well as regular gatherings of press secretaries, chiefs of staff and other aides — a point that Wasserman Schultz said was of key importance to Zimmerman’s family.

“The reason that the Zimmermans thought it was so important to name this room after their son was to send a message to the entire congressional family of staffers that their work is incredibly meaningful, and they really thought it was important that a room that is used by staffers as often as this one is be named for Gabe,” she said.

“Each of us as members knows that we could never be as successful as we are in serving our constituents without the incredible work of our staff,” she added.

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