Democratic Rep. Ron Barber, a former staffer of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who then replaced her in Congress, was hurt in the shooting that also injured the former Congresswoman.
The man who pleaded guilty to killing six people and injuring 13 others — including former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) — will spend the rest of his life in prison.
A U.S. district judge sentenced 24-year-old Jared Lee Loughner to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the Jan. 8, 2011, shooting in a Tucson, Ariz., Safeway parking lot.
Today’s sentencing hearing also served as an opportunity for Loughner’s victims to confront him. Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly, spoke on her behalf.
“Her life has been forever changed. Plans she had for our family and her career have been immeasurably altered,” Kelly said, according to the Associated Press. “Every day is a continuous struggle to do those things she once was so good at.”
Kelly added: “Mr. Loughner, you may have put a bullet through her head but you haven’t put a dent in her spirit and her commitment to make the world a better place.”
Giffords was severely hurt in the shooting and resigned from Congress about a year later to focus on her recovery. She was replaced by Rep. Ron Barber (D), who was one of her staffers at the time. He was also injured in the shootings. His re-election bid for a full term currently remains too close to call.
On January 3, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., raises her right hand as her son Henry messes up her hair while Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., delivers the ceremonial swearing-in in the Old Senate Chamber. Gillibrand's other son Theodore, lower right, looks on.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.