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January 25, 2012 2:42 pm

Following Heroic Comeback After Assassination Attempt, Congresswoman Giffords Leaves Congress

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Arizona Representative Gabrielle Gifffords, returning to Congress in August 2011 following assassination attempt. Photo: wiki commons.

CS Monitor – In a House occasionally known for untoward exits, Rep. Gabreille Giffords stood among cheering, crying colleagues to say goodbye Wednesday, over a year after she was gravely wounded by a would-be assassin.

Giffords had come to the well of the chamber to resign, a formality since she’d signaled her intention earlier, as she recovers from a gunshot wound to the head during a shooting rampage in her home district in Arizona. It was one of the longer House goodbyes in recent times, as Democrats and Republicans lined up to see her off. A prolonged standing ovation followed a fusion of tributes and tears.

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