Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Democrat  •  Arizona 3 Terms  •  Sworn In 2007
Last Term 2011 - 2012 View All



Giffords was born in Tucson, Arizona in 1970. Giffords graduated from University High School (Tucson). She received a B.A. in Sociology and Latin American History from Scripps College, in Claremont, California, in 1993, and a Masters of Regional Planning from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in 1996. Giffords was a Fulbright Scholar and a fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. She later operated her own business and investment capital firm in the Tucson area. http://www.vote-smart.org/bio.php?can_id=MAZ92676

Giffords began her career as a legislator in the Arizona House of Representatives, where she served from 2000 to 2002. Giffords was elected to the Arizona Senate in the fall of 2002 and is the youngest woman ever elected to this body. She took office in January of 2003 and was re-elected in 2004. She resigned from the Arizona Senate on December 1, 2005, in preparation for her congressional campaign.

Giffords is married to astronaut Mark E. Kelly, a veteran of two shuttle missions. Kelly was the pilot for space shuttle mission STS-121 in 2006. STS-121 included the first shuttle launch on the Fourth of July. Giffords participated in a NASA tradition when she selected "Beautiful Day," by U2 as one of the wake-up calls for the shuttle crew.

Giffords is an avid reader and was featured on NPR's Weekend Edition on July 9 2006. She discussed books she was currently reading. These included: First Man, a biography of astronaut Neil Armstrong and The Heartless Stone, a book that exposes unsavory aspects of the diamond industry.

After Hurricane Katrina struck in the late summer of 2005, Giffords spent time as a volunteer in Houston, Texas, helping those displaced by the storm. She wrote about her experience in the Tucson Citizen. http://www.giffordsforcongress.com/2005/09/19/guest-opinion-houstons-humble-haven-if-nothing-else-we-should-learn-from-tragedy/ Read More...

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