Gabrielle Dee "Gabby" Giffords was born on June 8, 1970 in Tucson, Arizona, and she is a graduate at the Scripps College and Cornell University.
Before her election to Congress, Gabrielle Giffords served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2001 until 2003 and the Arizona State Senate from 2003 until 2005, when she resigned to run for the seat held by then-Congressman Jim Kolbe.
She also worked as an associate for regional economic development in New York City and as CEO of El Campo Tire Warehouses, a local automotive chain owned by her grandfather. She is married to astronaut and space shuttle Commander Mark E. Kelly.
On January 8, 2011, Gabrielle Giffords was a victim of a shooting near Tucson, which was reported to be an attempt on her assassination, at a Safeway sup
ermarket where she was meeting with constituents.
Gabrielle Giffords was critically injured by a gunshot wound to the head. Six people were killed, and another thirteen people were injured in the shooting. She has since been moved to a rehabilitation facility in Houston.
Why is Gabrielle Giffords famous?
Gabrielle Giffords is an American politician. A Democratic member of the US House of Representatives, she has represented Arizona's 8th congressional district since 2007. She is the third woman in Arizona's history to be elected to the US Congress.
Why do we like Gabrielle Giffords?
Gabrielle Giffords is currently serving her third term in the United States House of Representatives, having been re-elected in the 2010 midterm elections. Considered a "Blue Dog" Democrat, her stances on health care reform and illegal immigration were sources of attention for those opposed to her candidacy and have made her a recipient of criticism from various conservative groups. She has described herself as a "former Republican".
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