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Giffords resigns House seat to focus on recovery

Giffords resigns House seat to focus on recovery

CREATED Jan. 25, 2012

Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo

WASHINGTON (KGUN9-TV/AP) - Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has resigned from the House and received a standing ovation from her colleagues.  Her resignation comes more than a year after she was gravely wounded.

Giffords formally resigned after a series of tributes from her colleagues.

As Giffords sat in the chamber's front row, lawmakers praised her dignity, grace and perseverance.  Her mother, Gloria, and husband, retired Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, watched from the gallery.

Giffords stood with her close friend, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, as she read her resignation letter. An emotional Wasserman Schultz said Giffords would return one day.

Giffords is stepping down to focus on her recovery from a gunshot wound to the head. 

Click here to read the text of the resignation letter.