Arizona congresswoman will step down to recover

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has announced she will resign from Congress, a year after she was seriously wounded in a shooting spree in her home state of Arizona.

In a video statement posted on the Internet Sunday, Ms. Giffords said she is getting better, but that work remains for her recovery. She said she is stepping down for the good of the state she represents.

Ms. Giffords said she plans to return to work for the state and the country again.

Giffords was shot in the head and nearly died in the Jan. 8, 2011, attack, which occurred outside a grocery store where she was holding a meeting with her constituents. The 41-year-old Democratic congresswoman has made a remarkable recovery amid a long and intensive rehabilitation process, enabling her to return to Congress last August to cast a vote on legislation raising the federal government’s debt ceiling.

Six people were killed in the same attack, including a federal judge, a member of Ms. Giffords’ staff and a nine-year-old girl. A dozen other people were wounded.

The man charged in the shooting, Jared Loughner, has pleaded not guilty. It has been reported that he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and he has been in jail since the crime.

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