Msnbc.com obtained several images of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords prior to her time as a politician. Here are a few:
A page entitled, "Just do it!" in La Semeuse, the Scripps College yearbook in 1993. The photo at right shows Giffords in traditional Mennonite clothing. That same year, she won a Fulbright award to study Mennonites and other Anabaptist groups in Northern Mexico. Gifford's senior thesis was titled "Wish Books and Felt-Tipped Fantasies: The Sociology of Old Colony Mennonite Drawings."
Gabrielle Giffords, right, laughs with her mom, Gloria Kay Fraser Giffords, in a photo published in the 1993 Scripps College yearbook. Gabrielle received a B.A. in Sociology and Latin American history from Scripps College in Claremont, Calif. in 1993.
University High School
University High School portrait of Gabrielle Giffords, class of 1988. Dr. John Hosmer, taught history to the future lawmaker. He tells msnbc.com, "Gabrielle sat in the front row. She was inquisitive ... She was a very mature person from the moment she walked in the door."
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To see more photos and learn about some of the events that have shaped the Congresswoman's life, see our slideshow HERE.