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Updated May 24, 2013 - 6:26 am

Group names Giffords its Woman of the Year

PHOENIX — A Democratic women’s leadership group has named former U.S. Rep.
Gabrielle Giffords its Woman of the Year.

Emerge Arizona honored Giffords at a ceremony Thursday night at a downtown
Phoenix hotel.

The group is part of a 10-state network offering a training program to help
qualified Democratic women run for public office.

The 42-year-old Giffords resigned from Congress last year as she continues to
recover from injuries suffered in January 2011 during a meet-and-greet with her
constituents in Tucson.

Six people died and 13 people were wounded, including Giffords, when a gunman
opened fire outside a Tucson supermarket.

Giffords and her husband _ former astronaut Mark Kelly _ have formed a
political action committee that seeks to limit the size of ammunition magazines
and expand background checks for gun purchases.


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