U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords has become known across the country for her resilience in the face of violence, and for her consensus-building leadership in Congress. Gabrielle Giffords served the people of Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District in Congress from 2007 until she stepped down in 2012 following the attempt on her life during a "Congress on Your Corner" event in Tucson on January 8, 2011. Giffords has dedicated herself to public service as an elected official. She represented her hometown of Tucson in the Arizona Legislature from 2000-2005, where she was the youngest woman ever elected to the Arizona State Senate. Her success is built upon her reliance on the old-fashioned values of kindness, candor and hard, grueling work. Upon entering Congress in 2007, Giffords quickly became a leading champion of border security, energy independence, and the needs of military families and veterans. She has also been an outspoken supporter of universal health care, and economic fairness for the middle class and the poor.