Lawmakers line up to honor Giffords' aide

AP News
Posted: Nov 30, 2011 4:24 PM
Lawmakers line up to honor Giffords' aide

Members of the House are honoring a congressional aide to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who died last January when a gunman opened fire as the congresswoman met with constituents in Tucson.

More than 400 lawmakers signed onto a resolution that would name a room at the Capitol after Gabriel Zimmerman, Giffords' community outreach director.

House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday the memorial was fitting and that an attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve.

Zimmerman, a social worker, was one of the first people Giffords hired after she was elected in 2006.

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Nearly 20 lawmakers from both parties spoke in honoring Zimmerman. A vote is expected Thursday, and a plaque bearing his likeness will be unveiled during a formal dedication next year.