Obama taps Giffords to join Fulbright scholarship board

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The Arizona lawmaker resigned from Congress last year after she was badly wounded in a 2011 mass shooting at a constituent event she was holding in Tucson, Ariz. Since then, she's been a vocal advocate for new gun control measures, launching a political action committee with her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, aimed at counterbalancing the National Rifle Association. 

The White House announced their intention to place Giffords on the board alongside a series of other appointments, including the promotion of Natalie Earnest — the wife of White House principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest — as the Treasury Department's assistant secretary for public affairs.

“I am honored that these talented individuals have decided to join this Administration and serve our country.  I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come," Obama said in a statement.