said she is stepping down from Congress so she can continue her recovery from the gunshot wound she received in the assassination attempt at a "Congress on Your Corner" event held just over a year ago at a supermarket in Tucson, Arizona.
The Congresswoman said on Facebook
: Thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover. I have more work to do on my recovery, so to do what is best for Arizona I will step down from Congress this week."
In the two-minute video message
posted on Facebook and YouTube, Giffords said:
"Arizona is my home, always will be. A lot has happened over the past year. We cannot change that. But I know on the issues we fought for we can change things for the better. Jobs, border security, veterans. We can do so much more by working together. I don't remember much from that horrible day, but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice. Thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover. I have more work to do on my recovery so to do what is best for Arizona I will step down this week. I'm getting better. Every day, my spirit is high. I will return and we will work together for Arizona and this great country. Thank you very much."
According to a statement
released by Giffords' office, she will meet with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and House Speaker John Boehner this week to submit her letter of resignation. Brewer will set a date for a special primary and general election to determine who will serve the remainder of Giffords' term.
Giffords is expected to attend Tuesday evening's State of the Union speech at the Capitol.