“I believe in fighting for a government that works for all of us – not just the privileged and connected.”
A third generation Arizonan and the youngest woman ever elected to the Arizona State Senate, Gabrielle Giffords represented her hometown of Tucson in the Arizona Legislature from 2000-2005. During her service in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, Gabrielle worked on legislation to expand health care coverage for Arizona families; to create and attract high wage jobs to Arizona; and to protect Arizona’s environment and open spaces.
“ Giffords is smart. She styles herself as a pro-business moderate and she earned respect in the Legislature” – Arizona Republic Endorsement
What Makes Gabby an Extraordinary, Visionary Leader?
For combining her strong business background with a powerful commitment to public service, Gabrielle was named Woman of the Year by Tucson Business Edge in 2005; the YWCA named her Woman on the Move the same year. For her commitment to protecting the environment, she was named Legislator of the Year by the Arizona Planning Association and Most Valuable Player by the Sierra Club. She won the Top 10 Technology Legislator of the Year award for three straight years – 2003, 2004, 2005. And she was named the Legislator of the Year in 2004 by the Mental Health Association of Arizona. She was also recently named one of America’s Eight Young Leaders Worth Watching by Gannett News Service.
Gabrielle’s commitment to her community has not been limited to her service in the Legislature. She devotes her time as a member of over a dozen boards including 162nd Air National Guard Fighter Wing Minuteman Committee, the Metropolitan YMCA, the Anti-Defamation League, the Breast Cancer Boot Camp and the Tohono Chul Park.
Gabby says, “For too long, Washington has ignored the concerns of everyday families here in Southern Arizona. We need a different approach and a new direction. In the legislature, my guiding principle was always to stand up for what’s right and to make a difference on the real problems our community faces. That’s the kind of approach we need in Congress.”
As former President and Chief Executive Officer of El Campo Tire, Inc., Gabrielle was able to utilize her experience as a small business owner with a broad background in national and international economic development. A 1996 graduate of Cornell University with a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning, she is also a graduate of Scripps College where she was awarded a William Fulbright Scholarship to study for a year in Chihuahua, Mexico. Between her undergraduate work and her masters she worked as a researcher in San Diego studying the effects of Operation Gatekeeper II on the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Currently she is a partner in a small business that she began in 2000, Giffords Property Management LLC.
Gabrielle serves as President of the Atlantic Association of Young Political Leaders, represents the National Committee on China-US Relations as a Young Leader’s Forum Fellow and is a German Marshall Fund Manfred-Worner Fellow. In 2005 Gabrielle was selected for the inaugural two-year class of the Aspen-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership.
Race Type: Open Seat Primary Opponent: Patty Weiss Primary Date: September 12, 2006 Primary Election Results: Won Primary General Opponent: TBD General Election Date: November 7, 2006 General Election Results: Won, 54 – 42 percent
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