Gabby Giffords, forever an inspiration
Yesterday marked the end of Rep. Gabby Giffords’ final week in Congress, as she’s opted to focus on continuing her amazing recovery. Gabby’s time in Congress came to a close with an emotional and tearful tribute to Gabby by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who then read Gabby’s letter of resignation to the Speaker of the House. I can’t imagine there was a dry eye left.
Take a look at some of the highlights from Gabby’s last week in office:
- On her final full day in her district, Gabby returned to courageously finish the ‘Congress on Your Corner’ event that was tragically interrupted just over a year ago. She met with constituents, a practice she has long valued.
- Tuesday night, Gabby returned to the floor of the House for the State of the Union address, where she received a heartwarming standing ovation. President Obama made a special stop at Gabby’s seat, where they embraced in a hug.
- And yesterday Gabby entered the House to submit her letter of resignation, where she received a standing ovation. Watch the video below, where EMILY’s List champion and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz reads Gabby’s letter. It’s incredibly moving. Gabby also cast her final vote for a bill she introduced, continuing her commitment to border security. The bill passed unanimously.
From everyone here at EMILY’s List, thank you, Gabby, for being such an inspiration to women everywhere, with your strength, positive outlook, and commitment to public service. Your recovery has already been amazing, and we wish you best of luck in the time to come. But we know this isn’t the end, and we look forward to seeing your next steps, and standing with you as you take them.