The Aerospace Industries Association, calling Rep. Gabrielle Giffords a strong advocate of the aerospace industry and national defense, issued a statement expressing deep sadness at the shooting in Tucson this weekend that severely wounded the Arizona Democrat and killed six others.
Giffords “serves her constituents and her country with passion and with genuine enthusiasm,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “Our prayers are with her family and her staff as they get through this difficult situation.”
Giffords, 40, was chair last year of the space and aeronautics subcommittee of the House Science and Technology Committee. The AIA said she has been a “tireless advocate of the nation’s space program.”
Giffords also is on the House Armed Services Committee, where AIA said she had “demonstrated a deep understanding of … national security,” and of the space program and the aerospace industry.
Her husband, Cmdr. Mark Kelly, is an active duty Navy pilot assigned to the astronaut program.