Gabrielle Giffords has made a triumphant return to Congress almost seven months after being shot in the head. The Arizona Congresswoman returned to the House of Representatives to vote on the debt ceiling bill.
On Monday evening Gabrielle Giffords flew into Washington from her home. She was accompanied by her husband Mark, holding his hand.
She was given a standing ovation by her colleagues on the House floor. Wearing, a dark blue shirt, glasses and with very short dark hair the Democrat voted in support of the debt deal. She smiled as she was greeted warmly by her fellow representatives. They in turn hugged and kissed her, no doubt glad to see her back in Congress.
This was the first time that Giffords had returned to work since being shot and critically wounded in a horrific attack rampage on January 8. Jared Lee Loughner allegedly opened fire at a Democrat rally in a Tucson grocery store parking lot.
Six people died and fourteen were wounded in the rampage, including Giffords, a nine-year-old girl, a federal judge and one of Giffords’ staffers.
Gabrielle Giffords spent months hospitalized and then a rehab center learning to walk, talk and use her hands again. She returned to her Arizona home in June and she and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, are writing a book about their experience.
Giffords Tweeted her pleasure at being back in Congress, saying, The #Capitol looks beautiful and I am honoured to be at work tonight.’
She voted ‘yes’ on the bill, which commanded more applause as a green ‘Y’ appeared next to her name on the House’s back wall. After the votes were counted, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi called Giffords the “personification of courage.”