In an emotional ceremony Wednesday morning, Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords officially resigned from the US House of Representatives. In a letter read by her close friend Democratic Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Giffords said she needed to continue working on her recovery after being shot in the head during a constituent event in January 2011, during which six people were killed and 12 other people were injured.
As she was during the State of the Union address Tuesday night, Giffords was helped by her friend and colleague Republican Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake as Wasserman Schultz read the letter.
"Even as I have worked to regain my speech, thank you for your faith in my ability to be your voice," Giffords said in her note. "Everyday, I am working hard. I will recover and will return, and we will work together again, for Arizona and for all Americans."
Setting the rancor for which the Congress has become known, the House passed Gifford's last bill unanimously, 408-0.
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