Transcript for Gabrielle Giffords Resigns House Seat
My privilege to -- this letter on behalf of Gabby and her family and her constituents. January 25 2012. The honorable John Baker Boehner speaker of the House of Representatives. Dear speaker Boehner. In 2001 strongly holding the belief that there is no higher calling than serving my country. I went from selling tires and my Tucson Stanley business to being a freshman representative. In the Arizona state house. And for ten years I served in the Arizona legislature. In the United States congress. And after marrying mark as a proud military spouse. Has always I fought for what I thought was right. But never did I question the character of those with whom I disagree. Never did I let pass an opportunity to join hands with someone just because he -- she held -- an ideal. In public service I've found a venue for my pursuit of a stronger America. By ensuring the safety and security of all Americans. By producing clean energy here at home instead of importing oil from abroad. And by honoring our brave men and women in uniform with the benefits they earned. I found a way to care for others. And in the past year I have found -- value that is unbreakable even by the most vicious of attacks. The -- the tragic January 8 shooting in Tucson took the lives of six beautiful Americans. And wounded thirteen others me included. It's. Not a day goes by that I don't feel grief for the lives lost and so many others torn apart. Christina Taylor Green. Dorothy Morris. John roll. Phyllis -- -- -- Stoddard. And Gabe Zimmerman and body of the best of America. Each in their own way they committed their lives to serving their families community and country. And they died performing a basic but important active citizenship but it's at that's at the heart of our greatness as a nation. They'll be remembered always buy their country and by their congress. I don't remember much from that terrible day. But I have never forgotten my constituents. My colleagues. Or the hope -- the millions of Americans with whom I share a great hopes for this nation. So all of them. Thank you for your prayers your -- it's your well wishes and your support. And even as I have worked to regain my speech. Thank you for your faith in my ability to be your voice. The only way I ever served my district in congress was by giving 100%. I would add 150. This past year that's what I have given to my recovery. Thank you for your patients. From my first steps and first words after being shot -- my current physical and speech therapy. I have given all of myself to being able to walk back onto the house floor this year to represent Arizona's eighth congressional district. However today I know that now is not the time. I have more work to do on my recovery before I can again serve in elected office. This past year my colleagues and staff have worked to make sure my constituents were represented in congress. But if I can't return return. My district deserves to elect a US representative who can give 100% to the job now. For that reason I have submitted the attached letter of resignation to Arizona governor Jan Brewer. And it all that was lost on January 8 there was also hope and faith. This past year it is what I have often clung to hope that our government can represent the -- -- -- nation not the worst. Faith that Americans working together in their communities in our congress can succeed without qualification. Hope and faith that even as we are set back by tragedy a profound disagreement. In the end we come together as Americans to set a course toward greatness. Everyday I am working hard. I will recover and will return. And we will work together again for Arizona. And for all Americans sincerely. -- real Giffords member of congress.
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