Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Resigning

Elisabeth Meinecke
Posted: Jan 22, 2012 2:50 PM

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is resigning. She discusses the decision in a YouTube video uploaded to her official channel.

The National Journal reported she would turn in her resignation letter "later this week," and that it is in the hands of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to set the date for the special primary/general elections to replace Giffords.

Here is the transcript for Giffords' video:

"Arizona is my home, always will be. A lot has happened over the past year. We cannot change that. But I know on the issues we fought for we can change things for the better. Jobs, border security, veterans. We can do so much more by working together. I don't remember much from that horrible day, but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice. Thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover. I have more work to do on my recovery so to do what is best for Arizona I will step down this week. I'm getting better. Every day, my spirit is high. I will return and we will work together for Arizona and this great country. Thank you very much."