Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement in reaction to the shooting in Tucson, Arizona: 

“I am deeply saddened by the senseless attack on Congresswoman Giffords, her staff and others victims of the shooting. 

“I have served with Congresswoman Giffords on the House Armed Services Committee for years, and she is a dear personal friend. She is an extraordinary member of Congress and an outstanding member of the House Armed Services Committee. 

“Her commitment to her family, our nation and our troops is unparalleled. I have never served with a more principled, dedicated member of Congress.  

“Her family, as well as the families of everyone involved in this tragedy, will be in my thoughts and prayers.”