I remember when Gabrielle Giffords was the name across the country. Let’s take a look at why.
- Arizona Democrat member of the House of Representatives
- She was shot in the head by a constituent in January of 2011 but survived.
I think she was influential – well, not her precisely, but what happened to her. Before she was shot, not many people knew her name. But after her shooting, she really united America in a unique way. It didn’t matter that she was a Democrat from Arizona – she was one of our own, one of our representatives that had been shot. And that had a uniting factor about it for the country for a little while. Especially since she survived – her story of recovery pushed the nation together, everyone was pulling for her.
- Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Gabrielle Giffords Arizona – WhoRunsGov.com/The Washington Post
P.S. Not related to her influence, but she was the youngest woman that has ever been elected to serve in the senate in Arizona. Which I think is pretty cool.