|U.S. House, Arizona, District 8|
|2007-January 25, 2012|
|January 3, 2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 7, 2006|
|Arizona State Senate|
|Arizona State House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||Scripps College, 1993|
|Master's||Cornell University, 1996|
|Date of birth||June 8, 1970|
|Place of birth||Tucson, AZ|
- 1 2011 Tucson shooting
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 External links
- 10 References
2011 Tucson shooting
On January 8, 2011, a gunman, suspected Jared Loughner, opened fire in an Arizona parking lot where Rep. Giffords was meeting with constituents. She underwent surgery and was expected to pull through after a bout in critical condition.
The six people who died after the shooting include federal judge John Roll. More than a dozen people were wounded, including Giffords. A federal probe was launched amid a national outpouring of sorrow and outrage.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Giffords's academic, professional and political career:
- 1993: Graduated from Scripps College with B.A.
- 1996: Graduated from Cornell University with M.R.P.
- 2001-2003: Arizona House of Representatives
- 2003-2005: Arizona State Senate
- 2007-2012: U.S. Representative from Arizona
During the 112th Congress, Giffords served on the following committees:
- Armed Services Committee
- Subcommittee on Readiness
- Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces
- Science, Space, and Technology Committee
- Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, Ranking Member
- Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation
Giffords also voted for the stimulus bill. Fifty-seven percent of U.S. voters believed that the stimulus had either hurt the economy (36 percent) or had no impact (21 percent). Thirty-eight percent believed the stimulus helped the economy.
In addition, Giffords supported the "Cap and Trade" bill. Just after the bill’s passage, 42 percent of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19 percent believed that it would help. Another 15 percent said that the bill would have no impact.
Finally, Giffords voted for the health care reform bill. Fifty-seven percent of likely voters at least somewhat favored repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46 percent who strongly favored repeal. Thirty-five percent of likely voters opposed repeal. Fifty-one percent of likely voters believed the health care reform bill would be bad for the country, while 36 percent believed it would be beneficial.
Giffords did not seek re-election in 2012. She resigned prior to the end of her term.
|U.S. House, Arizona District 8 General Election, 2010|
|Democratic||Gabrielle Giffords Incumbent||48.8%||138,280|
Giffords won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Giffords's campaign committee raised a total of $3,504,410 and spent $3,888,406.
Her top five contributors between 2009-2010 were:
|U.S. House, Arizona District 8, 2010 - Gabrielle Giffords Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$1,692,504|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$1,653,553|
|Top contributors to Gabrielle Giffords's campaign committee|
|University of Arizona||$47,450|
|League of Conservation Voters||$32,665|
|Lewis & Roca||$18,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Giffords votes with the Democratic Party 94.1% of the time. This ranks 35th among the 192 Senate Democrats in 2011.
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Giffords's vote ratings are not available for 2012.
Giffords has a husband, Mark Kelly.
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- Media coverage:
- Washington Post, "Giffords’ resignation from Congress opens up race, triggers messy elections amid redistricting," January 22, 2012
- Washington Post, "Gabrielle Giffords resigns from the House in emotional farewell," January 26, 2012
- "US Lawmaker Remains in Critical Condition After Shooting," Hawaii Reporter, January 10, 2011
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Gabrielle Giffords," accessed October 30, 2011
- U.S. House Clerk, "Roll Call 681," October 3, 2008
- Gallup, "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
- US House Clerk, "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
- Rasmussen, "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
- US House Clerk, "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
- Rasmussen, "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
- US House Clerk, "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
- Rasmussen, "61% Favor Repeal of Healthcare Law," September 20, 2010
- Huffington Post, "Gabrielle Giffords To Campaign For Bruce Braley," accessed September 16, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Gabrielle Giffords 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 30, 2011
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," October 30, 2011
- National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
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