Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Submitting Letter of Resignation

Political News

Share This Story

President Obama greets Rep. Gabrielle Giffords before his State of the Union address. The White House/Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will formally step down from her position as an Arizona congresswoman Wednesday morning when she submits her letter of resignation to House Speaker John Boehner.

In an excerpt from the letter, Giffords vows to make a comeback, saying, “Every day I am working hard.  I will recover and will return and we will work together again for Arizona and for all Americans.”

The full text of the letter will be made public after it is formally submitted.

A copy of the letter will also be sent to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who will then decide when to hold elections to fill Giffords’ seat until the general elections are held in November.

Giffords first announced she was leaving office last Sunday in a two-minute video that was posted on her website and on YouTube.

In the clip, she says, “I have more work to do on my recovery, so to do what is best for Arizona, I will step down this week.”

The congresswoman was shot in the head and critically wounded last January while she was holding a “Congress On Your Corner” event at a supermarket in Tucson, Ariz.  Six people died in the shooting and 12 others were injured.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Respond to this story