Arizona representative Gabrielle Giffords — recovering in hospital after being shot in the head during an apparent assassination attempt. — isn’t just a Democratic congresswoman. She’s also a motorcyclist. Pictured above with the BMW she hoped to someday ride all the way down to Argentina, Giffords is been riding and racing motorcycles for over 20 years.
Gabrielle Giffords was born June 8, 1970 in Tucson, Arizona.
Giffords a third generation Tucsonan, graduated from Tucson's University High School holds a Master's Degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York 1996. and a B.A. from Scripps College where she was awarded a William Fulbright Scholarship to study for a year in Chihuahua.
She is a fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Giffords married Captain Mark Kelly on November 10, 2007, a Navy Pilot and NASA astronaut. He was the space shuttle's pilot on STS-108 and STS-121.
She is the only U.S. Representative with an active duty military spouse.
Giffords' parents are Spencer J. Giffords and Gloria Kay Fraser Giffords. Giffords is Arizona's first Jewish Congresswoman. She is a member of Congregation Chaverim in Tucson.
We wish her a full and speedy recovery.