By Christina Wilkie - 02/08/11 12:21 AM EST
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) spends much of her time in the loop between Washington and her San Francisco district. But next weekend, she’s planning a special trip.
The top House Democrat made the comments during an appearance on TV’s newest morning chat show, “The Gayle King Show,” hosted by Oprah Winfrey BFF Gayle King and broadcast on — where else? — Winfrey’s newly launched OWN network.
In making the trip to Houston, Pelosi joins a small group of Giffords’s close friends in Congress who have visited her privately, including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.).
The three legislators last month saw Giffords open her eyes for the first time since she was shot in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 8.
Wasserman Schultz said that moment “felt like we were watching a miracle.”
Gillibrand visited Giffords again last weekend, while a spokesman for Wasserman Schultz said the lawmaker has visited Giffords three times, most recently Monday afternoon.
Giffords’s husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, announced Friday that he will command a two-week mission aboard a NASA space shuttle departing April 19, and that he expects Giffords will be well enough to attend the shuttle launch.