Arizona Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, shot in the head in Tucson last year, is leaving Congress to concentrate full time on recovering from her injuries.
“I have more work to do on my recovery, so to do what is best for Arizona I will step down this week,” Giffords posted simultaneously on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
I’m getting better. Every day my spirit is high. I will return and we will work together for Arizona and this great country. Thank you very much.
Giffords went down in a hail of bullets that left six dead and 12 wounded during a Congressional outreach meeting outside a Tucson grocery store.
Jared Loughner, 23, a college dropout, is charged with attempted assassination of a member of Congress and other crimes from the shooting. After pleading not guilty, a psychological examination found him not fit to stand trial.
A spokesman for Giffords told Capitol Hill Blue she will submit her letter of resignation this week to House Speaker John Boehner and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.
Both President Barack Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi praised Giffords for her bravery and her struggle to recover from the head wound and brain injuries.
Boehner also hailed Giffords.