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Group names Giffords as its Woman of the Year

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was seriously injured in the mass shooting that killed six people in Tucson, Ariz. two years ago, sits with her husband Mark Kelly, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, and gives an opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence. Supporters and opponents of stricter gun control measures face off at a hearing on what lawmakers should do to curb gun violence in the wake of last month's shooting rampage in Newtown, Ct., that killed 20 schoolchildren. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was seriously injured in the mass shooting that killed six people in Tucson, Ariz. two years ago, sits with her husband Mark Kelly, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, and gives an opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence. Supporters and opponents of stricter gun control measures face off at a hearing on what lawmakers should do to curb gun violence in the wake of last month's shooting rampage in Newtown, Ct., that killed 20 schoolchildren. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

A Democratic women’s leadership group has named former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords its Woman of the Year.

Emerge Arizona honored Giffords at a ceremony Thursday night at a downtown Phoenix hotel.

The group is part of a 10-state network offering a training program to help qualified Democratic women run for public office.

The 42-year-old Giffords resigned from Congress last year as she continues to recover from injuries suffered in January 2011 during a meet-and-greet with her constituents in Tucson.

Six people died and 13 people were wounded, including Giffords, when a gunman opened fire outside a Tucson supermarket.

Giffords and her husband — former astronaut Mark Kelly — have formed a political action committee that seeks to limit the size of ammunition magazines and expand background checks for gun purchases.

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