TUCSON, Ariz. (Feb. 23, 2015) — Former U.S. Congresswoman and tire dealer Gabby Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt in January 2011, made a surprise appearance at the recent Tire Industry Association OTR Tire Conference, which was being held in Tucson, her hometown.
She was greeted by a standing ovation. Her appearance came at the end of the conference's closing motivational speech by her husband, former NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly.
She spoke briefly to the assembled crowd, urging them to, “Get engaged. Be involved. Make a difference.”