As colleagues honored Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz., on her resignation from Congress on Wednesday, there was a familiar figure on the House floor: former Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Bay St. Louis.
“I just wanted to be there,” Taylor said. He was in Washington for a board meeting and to do consulting work when he learned the House was going to pay tribute to Giffords, who had been shot in the head a year ago by a man who killed six people in Tucson.
“She’s such a wonderful person. I was lucky enough to be there.