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Gabrielle Giffords announces she will leave Congress

Speaking in a two-minute video, the Arizona congresswoman said today she will not seek another term. See the entire video here.

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who has already made what doctors describe as an astonishing recovery from a bullet wound to the head last year in a massacre in Tuscon, announced today she will step down from his seat soon.

"I am getting better," Giffords says in the video posted on her website this afternoon. "I have more work to do in my recovery, so to do what is best for Arizona, I am stepping down this week."

Here is her full video:

She speaks in a halting
voiceover about issues like creating jobs and helping veterans, saying,
“We can do so much more by working together.”

“I don’t remember much from that horrible day, but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice,” she says.

She faced re-election this year.

Her colleague and close friend, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, issued a statement after Giffords announced her decision.

“Gabby made the right decision for her and her family, but this is just
the beginning of the next chapter of her story,” she said. “I know that
Gabby will find other ways to fulfill her calling of public service.”

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