SAN MATEO, CA - On the one-year anniversary of the Tucson shooting, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) said she is optimistic about the continued recovery of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.  On January 8, 2011 a lone gunman opened fire on her at a “Congress on You Corner” event in Tucson. Six people were killed and 13 wounded.

“The progress Congresswoman Giffords’ has made since she suffered the traumatic head injury is nothing short of miraculous,” Speier said. “Her grit and determination are inspiring to all of us. We should not forget the families of the victims who were killed in this horrendous attack on human life. Their lives will forever be scarred by their losses.”

Speier introduced a resolution last year designating the first Saturday in January after Congress reconvenes as ‘National Congress on Your Corner Day.’ She called Giffords someone who best exemplifies our representative form of government and democratic values. Speier added, “Constituent interaction is a fundamental part of the responsibilities of a member of Congress.

“I believe Congresswoman Giffords would agree with me that the tragedy in Tucson must not make it more difficult for elected officials to be accessible to their constituents.”