Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was seriously wounded in a mass shooting in Arizona last year, announced Sunday that she will step down from her congressional seat this week to focus on her recovery.
“I don’t remember much from that horrible day. But I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice,” Giffords said in a video posted on her campaign Web site. “I have more work to do on my recovery, so to do what is best for Arizona, I will step down this week.”
Giffords (D) was shot in the head when a gunman opened fire at a town hall-style “Congress on your Corner” event in Tucson on Jan. 8, 2011. Six of the 19 people who were injured died, but Giffords survived despite significant trauma to her brain. She has made a steady recovery since then, undergoing intensive rehabilitation and therapy to restore her motor skills and speech.