Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona Democrat who survived a gunshot wound to the head a year ago last week, said Sunday she was stepping down from Congress.
In a video released on YouTube, Ms. Giffords said she had more work to do on her recovery.
“I’m getting better every day. My spirit is high,” Ms. Giffords said on the video, in which she spoke audibly but slowly. “I will return, and we will work together for Arizona and this great country.”
Ms. Giffords survived a would-be assassin’s bullet at a constituents’ meeting in Tucson a year ago. The assailant, Jared Lee Loughner, killed six people and wounded 17, including Ms. Giffords, in the shooting spree.
Prior to the attack, Ms. Giffords was seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party, representing a part of the country that traditionally voted Republican. In the time since she was wounded, Ms. Giffords has only returned once to Congress, casting a vote in August on legislation to increase the country’s debt ceiling.