Giffords: I'm Leaving Congress

'I have more work to do,' says Arizona congresswoman
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2012 1:15 PM CST

(Newser) – Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is stepping down from the Arizona congressional seat that nearly cost her her life, she announced in a YouTube video posted today. "Arizona is my home. Always will be. A lot has happened over this past year," she says, voicing her hopes for progress on jobs and immigration. "I don't remember much from that horrible day, but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice. Thank you for your prayers, and for giving me time to recover. I have more work to do," she says. "So to do what is best for Arizona, I will step down this week." But, she continues, "I will return. And we will work together for Arizona and this great country." Watch the entire video in the gallery. (Read more Gabrielle Giffords shooting stories.)

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