By Sarah Robbins, Glamour magazine
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On January 8, 2011, a gunman opened fire at an event Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was holding to meet constituents outside a Tucson, Arizona, supermarket. Twenty people were shot, including Giffords.
Less than a week after the tragedy, she remains in intensive care (the bullet reportedly hit the left side of her brain), but doctors are hopeful. In her first interview since the shooting, Pia Carusone, Giffords' chief of staff, tells us what the Congresswoman is really like...
She is one of the youngest female Democrats in Congress. "She's 40, and I'm 30. Working for a young woman is different than working for the typical member of Congress. We share all sorts of cultural things-movies, music, food, books, jokes. And with that comes a real inclusiveness: She doesn't like her bags or her umbrella to be carried, or the door held. She wants to be just another person in the room."
She's a role model for interns. "She walks into the front