|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-Present: 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
In addition, Giffords supported the "Cap and Trade" bill. Just after the bill’s passage, 42% of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19% believed it would help. 15% said that the bill would have no impact.
Finally, Giffords voted for the health care reform bill. 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favor repeal. 35% of likely voters oppose repeal. 51% of likely voters believe the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, while 36% believe it will 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 5 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 Open Congress 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 Director of the United States Congress "Gabrielle Giffords," Accessed October 30, 2011
- 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 Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- Open Secrets "Gabrielle Giffords 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 30, 2011
- Open Congress "Voting With Party," October 30, 2011
- National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
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