A dedicated public servant, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was the youngest woman ever elected to the Arizona State Senate. She represented her community in the Arizona Legislature from 2000-2005, and then in Congress from 2006-2012. In Congress, Congresswoman Giffords represented a diverse area that covers 9,000 square miles including a 114-mile border with Mexico, and was consistently ranked as one of the most centrist legislators in Congress.
On January 8, 2011, at a “Congress On Your Corner” event in Tucson with her constituents, 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 Americans for Responsible Solutions to encourage elected officials to stand up for laws that make communities safer from gun violence. Congresswoman Giffords holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University and a B.A. from Scripps College. She resides in her beloved hometown of Tucson, Arizona.
Reach Higher Luncheon (by invitation)