Here's a look at the life of Gabrielle Giffords, U.S. Representative from Arizona 2007 to 2012.
Personal: Birth date: June 8, 1970
Birth place: Tucson, Arizona
Birth name: Gabrielle Dee Giffords
Father: Spencer Giffords, El Campo Tire executive and a district school board member
Mother: Gloria Kay (Fraser) Giffords, an author and art conservator
Marriage: Mark Edward Kelly (November 10, 2007-present)
Education: Scripps College, B.A., 1993; Cornell University, Masters in Regional Planning, 1996
Other Facts: Her husband, Mark Kelly, is a retired astronaut and was the commander of the final flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavour.
Studied abroad in Chihuahua, Mexico, on a Fulbright Scholarship.
Youngest woman elected to the Arizona State Senate.
Third woman from Arizona to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.
First Jewish congresswoman from Arizona.
Timeline: 2000 - Sells her family's tire business, El Campo Tire Warehouses, to Goodyear Tire.
2000 - Is elected to the Arizona House of Representatives.
2002 - Is elected to the Arizona State Senate.
2004 - Wins re-election to the Arizona Senate.
December 2005 - Resigns from office to run for the U.S. House of Representatives.
November 7, 2006 - Is elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 54 percent of the vote.
2007-January 25, 2012 - Democratic U.S. Representative from Arizona's 8th District.
2008 - Is elected for a second term in the U.S. House of Representatives with 55 percent of the vote.
2010 - Is elected for a third term in the U.S. House of Representatives in a close race, by about 4,000 votes.
January 8, 2011 - Giffords is shot in the head, one of 13 wounded by Jared Lee Loughner at a "Congress on Your Corner" event at a Tucson grocery store. Six people are killed during the shooting rampage. Authorities say Giffords was the main target.
January 16, 2011 - Her medical condition is changed from critical to serious following the removal of a breathing tube. A tracheotomy tube is put in its place.
January 20, 2011 - Giffords is able to stand with assistance; she makes attempts at speech and is taken outside in a wheelchair for fresh air.