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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Returns To Congress For First Time

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Aug. 1 2011, Published 11:30 a.m. ET

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By Alexis Tereszcuk - Senior Reporter

Almost seven months after being shot in the head Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords returned to the House of Representatives to vote on the debt ceiling bill and has video of her triumphant return.

Monday evening Giffords was given a standing ovation and a huge showing of support by her colleagues on the House floor.  Wearing glasses and with very short dark hair the Democrat voted in support of the debt deal.  She was smiling as she was greeted warmly by her fellow representatives, returning to work for the first time since she was shot.

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Giffords was critically wounded in a horrifying rampage on January 8 when Jared Lee Loughner allegedly opened fire on an event she was hosting in a Tucson grocery store parking lot.  Fourteen people were wounded in the shooting spree and six people died, including a nine-year-old girl, a federal judge and one of Giffords' staffers.

Giffords spent months in the hospital and then a rehab center after the shooting.  She returned to her Arizona home in June and she and her husband astronaut Mark Kelly are writing a book about their experience.

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