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Giffords Closes Year of Transformation

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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (center) speaks with her chief of staff, Pia Carusone, and husband Mark Kelly as she arrives to cast her final vote in Congress on Wednesday.

She attended Tuesday’s State of the Union address. She voted on Wednesday for the last time, on a somewhat wonky bill she sponsored to reclassify ultra-light aircraft, an effort to crack down on cross-border drug smuggling. It passed 408-0. Then she resigned, surrounded by the good will of others.

Such actions might not cease future threats against her or her colleagues, or change the most basic problems that the country faces. But they provide an example.

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