Gabrielle Giffords

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Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat, has represented the Eighth Congressional District of Arizona in the U.S. House of Representatives, since 2007.


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Iraq War

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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. [2]

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. [3]

2006 election

Giffords announced her intention to run for Congress on January 24, 2006. The launch was attended by hundreds of people including leading Tucson residents and politicians. Giffords’ campaign was endorsed by many prominent Democrats, such as former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich. The top American political action committee, Emily's List, endorsed Giffords as well [4]. On September 12, 2006, Giffords won her party's nomination in the Democratic primary. The Republican primary winner was Randy Graf, a conservative who is backed by the Club for Growth.[5]

Giffords defeated Graf in the election to take control of the seat formerly held by Rep. Jim Kolbe, who retired.

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Arizona superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Gabrielle Giffords, as a superdelegate, had not endorsed a candidate for President.

Money in politics

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