Giffords to spend holiday in Tucson

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) will spend Thanksgiving in Tucson.

Giffords, who was injured during a shooting rampage in early January, will spend the holiday with husband Mark Kelly as well as close friends and family, her office announced. Giffords arrived in Tucson on Tuesday evening from Houston, where shes been receiving physical therapy.

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Over the past 10 months, the congresswoman frequently has expressed her desire to return home and said how much she misses Tucson,Giffords spokesman Mark Kimble said in the news release. She talks regularly with friends and visitors from Tucson and maintains a keen interest in events in her hometown.

Giffords’s visit comes shortly after she made her first appearance on television, last week, as part of the tour to promote the book she and Kelly wrote about the shooting and its aftermath.

In that interview with ABC, Giffords expressed interest in returning to Congress once she is feeling better. 

Doctors have praised Giffords’s recovery from the assassination attempt, in which she was shot in the head, as remarkable. In early November she finished a two-week intensive rehabilitation program in North Carolina.

Six people were killed in the shooting, including a federal judge and one of Giffords’s staff members.