Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who was nearly killed after being shot in the head during a constituent event in January 2011, formally offered her resignation to Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday so that she may focus on her recovery.
“In public service, I found a venue for my pursuit of a strong America,” Giffords wrote in her resignation letter. “I found a way to care for others. And in the past year, I have found a value that is unbreakable even by the most vicious of attacks.”
Before resigning, Giffords voted on the final piece of legislation she presented to Congress, which would expand the Department of Homeland Security’s ability to investigate ultralight airplanes smuggling drugs from Mexico in the United States. The bill passed unanimously in the House, and the Senate has vowed to move the measure quickly.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer will set a date for a special Primary and General Election to fill Giffords’ seat. The winner in the special election will serve the remainder of Giffords’ term, which is set to expire in January 2013, according to Explorer News.