Over one year after she was shot through the head during a constituent meet-and-greet event in Tucson, Arizona, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has announced in a video message that she is resigning from Congress to focus on her recovery. In the video, which was posted to her Youtube channel, Giffords explains, "I have more work to do on my recovery so to do what is best for Arizona I will step down this week." Watch the announcement below.
Here's the full transcript:
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.
Giffords, 41, served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2001-2003, a term in the state Senate from 2003-2005, and has served in Congress since 2006. Doctors said Giffords made a "miraculous recovery;" she made her first public appearance on August 1st when she appeared in Congress to vote to raise the debt ceiling.