Gabrielle Giffords

Co-founder, Giffords

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For nearly 20 years, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has dedicated herself to public service. As the youngest woman ever elected to the Arizona state senate, she represented her community in the Arizona legislature from 2000 to 2005, and then in Congress from 2006 to 2012.

In the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Giffords represented a diverse area that covers 9,000 square miles, including a 114-mile border with Mexico. Considered a rising star, she quickly became a leading champion of energy independence and the needs of military families and veterans. Consistently ranked as one of the most centrist legislators in Congress during her tenure there, Congresswoman Giffords remains a strong supporter of fiscal responsibility, bipartisanship, and government accountability.

On January 8, 2011, at a “Congress On Your Corner” constituent event in Tucson, Congresswoman Giffords was shot in the head from near point-blank range. In stepping down from Congress in January 2012, Congresswoman Giffords said, “I will return, and we will work together for Arizona and this great country.”

In 2013, Congresswoman Giffords and her husband, Navy combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, founded the organization today known as Giffords. Over the past several years, the organization has led the national gun safety movement, making gun safety a kitchen table issue for voters; supporting gun safety champions up and down the ballot in local, state, and federal races; and helping pass significant legislation in states around the country and the United States House of Representatives.

Congresswoman Giffords holds a master’s degree from Cornell University and a BA from Scripps College, where she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study for a year in Chihuahua, Mexico. She resides in her beloved hometown of Tucson, Arizona.