Congressman Smith (WA-09) today released the following statement after Congresswoman Gabby Giffords announced she will resign from Congress:

"Congresswoman Gabby Giffords is a true friend, and a dynamic and dedicated public servant. Over the last year, she and her family have experienced very difficult and life changing events, but her courage and determination in the face of these challenges has truly been inspiring.

"Gabby has been an extraordinary Member of Congress and an outstanding member of the House Armed Services Committee. Her top priority has always been to serve and work hard to advocate for the people of southern Arizona and the impact she’s had in Congress will be felt for years to come.

"While Gabby will be deeply missed, the speed of her recovery has been remarkable.  I respect her decision to step down from Congress to continue focusing on her health. I have no doubt she will continue making a positive impact on the lives of those around her

"I wish Gabby and her family nothing but the best, and I will continue to do whatever I can to support her recovery."