About this Famous Person
Source : Tim DOWLING
Giffords was born in Tucson, Arizona, to Gloria Kay (née Fraser) and Spencer J. Giffords. She was raised in a mixed religious environment by her Jewish father and Christian Science-practicing mother. Her grandfather, Akiba Hornstein, was a Jewish immigrant from Lithuania who changed his name to Giffords to avoid anti-Semitism. Through her father, Giffords is a second cousin of actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Giffords has identified herself solely with Judaism since 2001, belonging to Congregation Chaverim, a Reform synagogue, in Tucson. She is Arizona's first Jewish congresswoman.
Giffords graduated from Tucson's University High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts' degree in Sociology and Latin American History from Scripps College in California in 1993; then spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico; and earned a Master's degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University in 1996, focussing her studies there on Mexican-American relations. She is a former Girl Scout.
- Category American politician