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Gabrielle Giffords

Gabrielle GiffordsBorn: 8-Jun-1970
Birthplace: Tucson, AZ

Gender: Female
Religion: Jewish [1]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Congresswoman from Arizona, 2007-12

Businesswoman and Arizona state legislator elected to US Congress in 2006, succeeding Jim Kolbe. Centrist "Blue Dog" Democrat; generally pro-abortion rights, pro-gay rights, pro-gun rights. Supported 2008 Wall Street bailout, 2009 economic stimulus, 2010 health care reform; opposed 2008 GM/Chrysler bailout.

On 8 January 2011, Giffords was shot in the head and gravely injured during a public event at a grocery store in Tucson, Arizona. Six others, including US District Judge John M. Roll, were killed. She resigned from Congress on 25 January 2012, to concentrate on her arduous recovery.

[1] Congregation Chaverim, Tucson, AZ.

Father: Spencer J. Giffords
Mother: Gloria Kay Fraser
Husband: Mark Edward Kelly (astronaut, b. 21-Feb-1964, m. 10-Nov-2007, two stepchildren)

    High School: University High School, Tucson, AZ (1988)
BA Sociology & Latin American History, Scripps College (1993)
    University: MS Regional Planning, Cornell University (1996)
    Scholar: Harvard University
    Administrator: Planning Office, University of San Diego (1995)
    Administrator: Advisory Board, University of Arizona

    US Congressman, Arizona 8th (2007-12)
    Arizona State Senate (2002-05)
    Arizona State House of Representatives (2000-02)
    Giffords Capital Management Managing Partner (2000-06)
    Goodyear President & CEO, El Campo Tire Warehouses (1996-2000)
    Price Waterhouse Planning Associate (1996)
    Fulbright 1990s
    American Civil Liberties Union Southern Arizona Chapter (Former Board Member)
    American Jewish Committee International Bureau
    Anti-Defamation League Board of Directors
    Aspen Institute Rodel Public Leadership Fellow (2005-07)
    EMILY's List
    John Kerry for President
    New Democrat Movement
    Obama for America
    Young Men's Christian Association Metropolitan
    Assassination Attempt by Jared Loughner (8-Jan-2011)
    Shot head, Tuscon, AZ (8-Jan-2011)
    Brain Injury
    Jewish Ancestry

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Author of books:
Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope (2011)

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