Washington (CNN) — U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned to the floor of the House of Representatives Monday evening for the first time since she was grievously wounded during a January assassination attempt.
Giffords, D-Arizona, was met by thunderous applause from colleagues as she walked into the chamber to support a hard-fought bill that would raise the U.S. debt ceiling. Vice President Joe Biden was also on hand as she entered the House, escorted by her chief of staff and by Florida Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a close friend.
Members gave her a standing ovation and swarmed to her side as she came in. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who could be seen wiping her eyes during the scene, called Giffords “the personification of courage.”