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February 12, 2013 - 8:32 am

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.) will be hosting former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, as their guests at the State of the Union tonight.

Barber, a former district director for Giffords, was also wounded in the 2011 Tuscon shooting. He won his former boss’ seat after she resigned to focus on her recovery.

“Very pleased that @GabbyGiffords and Mark Kelly will be present at the SOTU this week!” McCain tweeted Sunday. Giffords sent out a tweet thanking her host.

“One year ago, I was proud to walk onto the House floor for the State of the Union Address. The next day, after casting my last vote, I resigned my seat in Congress,” Giffords said in a statement.

“Mark and I will be there again tomorrow night, because this is a critical moment in time for legislation to reduce gun violence in the United States,” she added.

The gun control PAC founded by Giffords and Kelly after her shooting, Americans for Responsible Solutions, released its first ad featuring the pair yesterday:

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Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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