Gabrielle Giffords Officially Resigns From Congress

Gabrielle Giffords formally resigned from Congress this morning in an emotional goodbye that brought tears to the eyes of several lawmakers present -- including, of course, House Speaker John Boehner.

While holding Congressman Jeff Flake's hand, Giffords listened on as Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz read her letter of resignation to members of Congress, just over a year after Giffords was shot in the head during last year's Tucson shooting rampage.

A copy of the letter was given to Boehner and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.

"I don't remember much from that terrible day, but I have never forgotten my constituents, my colleagues, or the millions of Americans with whom I share great hopes for this nation," Giffords writes in the letter.

See the full text of Giffords' emotional letter below.

Giffords resignation

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