Giffords Getting Navy Ship Named for Her

Hillary Clinton, Jill Biden will join Arizona Democrat at Saturday’s launch

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords survived an assassination attempt in 2011 while a member of Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday will have a Navy combat ship named after her, joining Martha Washington as the only other woman so honored during her lifetime.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Jill Biden will join Giffords on Friday for the commissioning of the USS Gabrielle Giffords in Galveston, Texas. Biden took part in a christening ceremony for the ship in 2015. 

Giffords, a Democrat, was shot in the head in Tucson, Arizona, in a 2011 assassination attempt and suffered severe damage to her brain that left her incapacitated for months. Six people were killed in the attack that also left 12 others injured. 

The former congresswoman remains paralyzed on most of the right side of her body and suffers from a language disorder known as aphasia.

Giffords has been an outspoken advocate for stricter gun control in the United States, since recovering from the attack. First elected to Congress in 2006, she resigned her seat in January 2012. The following year, she co-founded a gun safety group and super PAC, Americans for Responsible Solutions, with her husband Mark Kelly. 

Correction | An earlier version of this story misstated the launch date for the USS Gabrielle Giffords

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