NY Congresswoman Louise Slaughter dies at 88 following fall

NY Congresswoman Louise Slaughter dies at 88 following fall

Rep. Louise Slaughter, a folksy NY liberal who championed women's rights and American manufacturing for more than three decades as a Democratic congresswoman, and who became a top lieutenant for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the first and only woman to lead the powerful Rules Committee, died March 16 at a hospital in Washington.

The Democrat served as USA representative for New York's 25th congressional district from 1987 to 2018.

Slaughter holds the distinction of being the first woman to become chairperson of the House Rules Committee, which she led from 2007 to 2010. He said Slaughter had fallen and was being treated for a concussion at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and that she died "surrounded by family". "Her legacy as a tireless advocate and tenacious champion will live on in my heart, as will her impact on RIT and the greater Rochester community that she loved so deeply". She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in microbiology and later received a Master's in public health after writing a thesis on the problem of bacterial drug resistance. "During this hard time, Robin and I keep her family, loved ones, and the people of Rochester and Monroe County in our thoughts and prayers", said Katko. "Today we set aside politics to celebrate the life of Congresswoman Slaughter".

They married in 1957, and he died in 2014. "Her wit, passion, and depth of experience will be greatly missed in our Caucus".

Before serving in Congress, Congresswoman Slaughter served in the New York State Assembly from 1982 to 1986 and the Monroe County Legislature between 1976 and 1979.

At the building dedication, Slaughter said, "One of my goals, as congresswoman, has been to prepare my district for the 21st century".

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Slaughter also authored the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act or STOCK Act, which prohibited members of Congress and government employees from engaging in insider trading using non-public information.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo called Slaughter a "champion for NY who had a larger than life presence in Rochester area politics". According to the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester, she was doing market research for a major chemicals manufacturer in Texas in the 1950s when she met OH native Robert "Bob" Slaughter.

Slaughter was serving her 16th term in the House, and her 31 years in the chamber made her its third longest-serving woman, according to the official House website.

And, as chairwoman of the House Rules Committee, Slaughter not only guided the Affordable Care Act to the House floor, but also used her powers of persuasion to line up votes. "I offer my honest condolences to her family and friends during this hard time". Slaughter is survived by daughters Megan, Amy, and Robin. "I hope it's OK with you that we will".

Plain-spoken, and often blunt in her assessments, Slaughter never shied away from expressing her opinion. She spoke up for financial aid, and for federal investment in research as a means to give students a high quality education and access to emerging disciplines, such as photonics, which she embraced as an opportunity for growth in New York State.

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