Giffords makes return to Washington for ceremony

By KEVIN FREKING | October 6, 2011 | 2:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is back in Washington to attend a retirement ceremony for her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly of the U.S. Navy.

The visit marks her second trip to the nation's capital since she was shot in the head last January while meeting with constituents in her district. Aides said Giffords planned to conduct no congressional business and would return to Houston shortly after the ceremony to continue her rehabilitation.

Giffords has made few public appearances since the shooting. She has not yet made a decision about her political future, but colleagues are raising campaign money on her behalf in case she decides she does want to continue serving in Congress.

Kelly became a NASA astronaut in 1996 and made four trips into space aboard the space shuttle.