Today I learned that Representative Giffords is stepping down from the United States Congress this week. Gabby is a wonderful friend and I will deeply miss her presence in Washington, DC. I have had the privilege of working with her on the issue of border security. She embodies the spirit of bipartisanship that we should all learn from. Gabby never made decisions based on her party, to her it has always been about what is right for the people.
My grandmother always told me that there is nothing more powerful than a woman who has made up her mind. Gabby has always been that woman. She is compassionate, tenacious, and relentless in her love for America. Her desire to serve and represent the people of Arizona in the best way she can has never wavered, and I know that she will carry that same feisty spirit with her long past her days in Congress.
When faced with what seemed to be insurmountable odds, Gabby has fought each day to get better. Her recovery has been miraculous, and I know that she will only continue to get stronger. Although she will no longer serve in Congress, the people of Arizona have not lost their advocate. No question about it---Gabby is a fighter, and she fights for what she believes in. She is fiercely dedicated to making her community and her country a better place. Always has been and always will be.
And thatís just the way it is.