/ Modified jan 25, 2012 3:59 p.m.

Giffords Resigns

Read her letters to House Speaker Boehner, Gov. Brewer

Giffords resigns spotlight Gabrielle Giffords with House Speaker John Boehner, moments after she handed her resignation letter to him. (PHOTO: C-Span)

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., officially resigned from Congress today.

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The emotional ceremony on the House floor was capped by her submission of a resignation letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner. Gov. Jan Brewer received the same letter today.

Read Giffords' letters: View at Google Docs | Download File

"I will recover and I will return, and we will work together again," said Giffords in a statement read by colleague and close friend Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, of Florida, as Giffords stood close by. Giffords then submitted her resignation and left the floor to a standing ovation.

Giffords family gallery spotlight From left, Giffords' staff member Emily Fritze, Giffords' mother Gloria, husband Mark Kelly watch as she submits her resignation.
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