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Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords gets a hug from House Cloak Room attendant Ella Terry after she resigned from the House of Representatives on Jan. 25. Giffords resigned from Congress to focus on her recovery from a gunshot wound to the head she received last year from a lone gunman in Arizona.
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A look at the Arizona lawmaker's rise to prominence — from high school to Capitol Hill.
In an emotional farewell, Giffords' colleagues came together to say goodbye. NBC's Kelly O'Donnell reports.