Rep. Giffords Retires from Congress

After 379 days of recovering from a point-blank shooting, Cong. Gabby Giffords announced she is retiring from Congress. She was among several persons shot — including six who were killed — by Jared Loughner on Jan. 8, 2011 in Tucson. This means Republicans and Democrats will both wage primary election contests to seek the nomination for the November general election in a district in Southern Arizona.

Republican Cong. David Schweikert, a friend of Giffords from Scottsdale, issued the following statement on Giffords’ retirement:

“From the day she was first elected to the Arizona State Senate, to her three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, Gabby Giffords has been a great advocate for our state.

“As she announces her resignation from Congress, I want to join with Arizonans in thanking her for her years of service and applaud her for always putting Arizona first.

“It has been a pleasure to get to know Gabby, Mark, and her staff and to serve alongside her.

“Joyce and I wish Gabby and Mark all the best wherever life takes them.”

The Arizona Conservative wishes Rep. Giffords continued success in her recovery, as well as justice served on the alleged gunman, whose trial awaits the issue of mental competency.

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  1. arizona today

    Jan Gov. Jan Brewer expects the Special Election primary to be held in April as congressional district voters select someone to finish Giffords’ current term.

    The governor also said:

    “Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has been a noble public servant to the State of Arizona, and a model of what can be accomplished with persistence and determination. Her remarkable recovery over the last year is an inspiration to us all.

    “As with all Americans, I will continue to hold Gabby in my thoughts and prayers as she continues on this path toward recovery.

    “Upon the Congresswoman’s office being officially declared vacant, I will call a special Primary and General Election in order to fill the 8th Congressional District vacancy, in accordance with Arizona law. The winner will complete the remainder of Congresswoman Giffords’ term, which expires at the end of 2012.”

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