Rep. Gabrielle Giffords announces she will step down from Congress

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Rep. Giffords announces she will step down from Congress to focus on her recovery.

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File: In this handout image provided by Giffords Campaign - P.K. Weis, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) sits with her mother Gloria Giffords (R) the day after the launch of NASA space shuttle Endeavour and the day before she had her cranioplasty surgery, outside TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital May 17, 2011 in Houston, Texas.

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A campaign placard on a makeshift memorial set up at the site of a mass shooting in front of the Safeway grocery store in the La Toscana Village parking lot in Tucson, Arizona where six people died and several others were injured including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in January of 2011.

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Captain Mark Kelly hugs his wife Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords after receiving the Legion of Merit from Vice President Joe Biden during Captain Kelly's retirement ceremony in the Secretary of War Suite in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, in Washington, D.C., Oct. 6, 2011. (Official White House photo)

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Dr. Gerard Francisco, chief medical officer at TIRR Memorial Hermann hospital, speaks at a press conference to update the media on the condition of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was transported on Jan. 26, 2011 from Memorial Hermann hospital to the Texas Institute of Rehabilitation and Research to begin her long-term rehabilitation.

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In this handout provided by the Pima County Sheriff's Forensic Unit, Jared Lee Loughner, 22-years-old, is seen. Loughner was arrested for the shooting spree at a political event outside a Safeway grocery store in Tucson, allegedly targeting U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. (Photo by Pima County Sheriff's Forensic Unit via Getty Images)

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A makeshift memorial outside the University Medical Center in Tucson includes candles and this photo of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords with supporters.


Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords announced via Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube Sunday that she will resign from Congress so she could focus on recovering from the assassination attempt that almost took her life.

"I have more work to do on my recovery, so to do what is best for Arizona I will step down this week," Rep. Giffords tweeted to her 76,750 Twitter followers.

The tweet included a link to the Democrat's website which included a video on YouTube titled "A Message from Gabby" where she got into more detail explanation behind her resignation.

Nearly a year ago in a parking lot in Tucson, Arizona, a gunman killed six people and injured 15, including Giffords who was holding a small town hall meeting.

"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," Giffords stated in her two-minute video.

In wake of the resignation, former Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a statement saying that Giffords "has been a true bright star."

"Gabby's message of bipartisanship and civility is one that all in Washington and the nation should honor and emulate," Pelosi wrote.

President Barack Obama was effusive in his praise for the congresswoman, saying Giffords "embodies the very best of what public service should be."

According to a press release from her office, Giffords intends to submit her letter of resignation later this week to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and House Speaker John Boehner. Special elections will be held to determine her replacement.

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