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TUCSON, Ariz. -- A former staffer for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who survived the Tucson shooting that killed six people will be honored at the White House for her work toward preventing gun violence.

The Obama administration said Pam Simon is one of nine people who will be celebrated Thursday for grassroots efforts to reduce gun violence.

Simon was working as Giffords' community outreach coordinator when Jared Lee Loughner opened fire outside a Tucson supermarket Jan. 8, 2011.

Twelve people, including Giffords and Simon, were wounded.

Simon survived two gunshot wounds to her chest and wrist.

Since the shooting, Simon has worked with several organizations involved in gun-control legislation, including Americans for Responsible Solutions which was started by Giffords.

Loughner was sentenced in 2012 to seven consecutive life sentences, plus 140 years.

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