FILE – In this Nov. 5, 2012 file photo, former Representative Gabrielle Giffords and Rep. Ron Barber D-Ariz. leave the Pima County Recorder’s Office in Tucson, Ariz. Two congressional races remain undecided in Arizona three days after the election, and one of them could drag on for weeks and include a recount. Barber, the Gabrielle …

Gabrielle Giffords named Woman of the Year

A Democratic women’s leadership group has named former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords its Woman of the Year.

Emerge Arizona honored Giffords at a ceremony Thursday night at a downtown Phoenix hotel.

The group is part of a 10-state network offering a training program to help qualified Democratic women run for public office.

The 42-year-old Giffords resigned from Congress last year as she continues to recover from injuries suffered in January 2011 during a meet-and-greet with her constituents in Tucson.

Six people died and 13 people were wounded, including Giffords, when a gunman opened fire outside a Tucson supermarket.

Giffords and her husband — former astronaut Mark Kelly — have formed a political action committee that seeks to limit the size of ammunition magazines and expand background checks for gun purchases.