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  Giffords, Gabrielle
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AffiliationDemocratic  
<-  2012-09-04  
 
NameGabrielle Giffords
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Tucson, Arizona , United States
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Born June 08, 1970
Died Still Living (45 years)
ContributorWishful Thinking
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Nov 11, 2012 09:53pm
Tags Caucasian - Jewish - Liberal - Anti Alaska/Offshore Oil Drilling - Anti-Bush Tax Cuts (Pro-Tax Cut Rollback) - Health Care Reform - Pro Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Pro Environment - Pro-Choice - Pro-Civil Unions - Pro-Labor - Married - Judaism - Straight -
InfoOn November 4, 2008, Gabrielle Giffords was re-elected by the people of Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District - a diverse area that covers 9,000 square miles including a 114 mile border with Mexico. For almost ten years, Giffords has dedicated herself to public service as an elected official. A third generation Tucsonan, she represented her hometown in the Arizona Legislature from 2000-2005 where she was the youngest woman ever elected to the Arizona State Senate.

Upon entering Congress, Giffords quickly became a leading champion of solar energy, immigration reform, and the needs of military families and veterans. Consistently ranked as one of the most centrist legislators in Congress, she is a strong supporter of fiscal responsibility, bipartisanship and government accountability.

Involving southern Arizonans in shaping policies and strategically solving community problems is the cornerstone of her work. Giffords’ inclusive and collaborative approach allows her to bring all viewpoints to the table and the best ideas to Washington.

Before entering public office, Giffords took over her family’s tire and automotive business. As the President and Chief Executive Officer of El Campo Tire, Inc, she faced the struggles that many small business owners in Arizona and America face. In Washington, Giffords works hard to be a voice for small businesses and is a tireless advocate for spending restraint and honest budgeting.

Representing thousands of military families and veterans in southern Arizona, Giffords proudly serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Subcommittees on Air and Land Forces and Military Readiness. She works closely with Army and Air Force officials at Southern Arizona’s outstanding installations: Fort Huachuca, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and the 162nd Air National Guard. Bringing their interests and concerns to Washington is one of her top priorities. Click here to see a summary of Giffords’ record on military and veterans issues.

On the House Science and Technology Committee, Congresswoman Giffords promotes an agenda of energy independence and solar initiatives in an effort to make Southern Arizona the “Solar-con Valley" of the nation. She is also Vice Chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition.

In her district, Giffords launched a Community Solar Energy Initiative to mobilize support and action for the increased use of solar energy. It includes an advisory council of university researchers, business leaders, elected officials and interested citizens to make recommendations on how solar energy could be advanced in Arizona. This effort also led to the introduction and passage of legislation to encourage research and development and the training of a solar energy installation workforce. Giffords also fought for an eight-year extension of the Investment Tax Credit for commercial and residential solar projects. Click here to see Giffords' record on renewable energy.

In January of 2009, Congresswoman Giffords was selected to serve as Chair of the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee. In this new role, she is leading the conversation around future space exploration, including the University of Arizona’s Phoenix Mars Mission; expanding aviation research; and working to inspire the next generation of math and science pioneers. Click here to learn more about Giffords’ work as Chair of this important subcommittee.

Combining her work on the Armed Services and Science Committees, Giffords is taking the lead in Congress to promote increased use of renewable energy at military installations throughout the country.

On the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Giffords is focused on conditions in Mexico and Central America concerning national security, economic development and immigration. In particular, she helped reform a State Department initiative aimed at reducing drug trafficking and cartel violence along the U.S. - Mexico border. Her legislative effort ensured coordination with state and local law enforcement officials. Giffords also serves as Vice Chair of the U.S.-Mexico Interparliamentary Group. Click here to see Giffords' record on immigration and foreign policy.

Giffords holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University and a B.A. from Scripps College where she was awarded a William Fulbright Scholarship to study for a year in Chihuahua, Mexico. She is married to Captain Mark Kelly, a Navy Pilot and NASA astronaut, and is the only U.S. Representative with an active duty military spouse.

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Apr 17, 2013 06:00pm Op-Ed by Candidate A Senate in the Gun Lobby’s Grip  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Sep 05, 2012 07:00pm Speculative Gabrielle Giffords To Lead Pledge Of Allegiance At Democratic National Convention: Report   Article COSDem 
Jan 22, 2012 12:00pm Announcement Giffords resigning from Congress  Article TX DEM 
Jan 08, 2012 12:00am News Recovering Gabrielle Giffords must face decision about future   Article Monsieur 
Jan 07, 2012 10:25pm News Giffords visits Tucson shooting site on anniversary eve  Article Green Pigs 
Oct 06, 2011 08:40pm General Gillibrand expects Giffords to seek re-election  Article COSDem 

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AZ DEM Chairman - Jan 22, 2011 D Andrei Cherny
US House Speaker - Jan 05, 2011 D John Lewis
AZ District 1 - D Primary - Sep 02, 2008 D Ann Kirkpatrick
AZ-2006-Proposition 107 (Protect Marriage Arizona) - Nov 07, 2006 NO No
AZ-2006-Proposition 202 (Raise the Minimum Wage for Working Arizonans Act) - Nov 07, 2006 YES Yes
AZ US President - D Primary - Feb 03, 2004 D Richard "Dick" Gephardt
AZ US President - D Primary - Feb 03, 2004 D John Kerry
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