Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords to resign from Congress

Washington, DC - Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords announced on her web site that she will resign from Congress this week.  Giffords is stepping down to continue her recuperation from the brain injury she suffered when she was shot in the head just over a year ago.

The Democratic lawmaker says she does not remember much from that horrible day and she thanks supporters for their prayers.  Prosecutors accuse 23-year-old Jared Lee Loughner of carrying out the attack that killed six people and injured 13 others.

Loughner has been diagnosed as schizophrenic and has spent time on suicide watch while in custody.  Giffords plans to finish the event the gunman interrupted holding a private gathering with some of the people who were there.

She will also attend the President's State of the Union address on Tuesday.


Information provided by CNN.