New York Rep Louise Slaughter Dies at Age 88

New York Rep Louise Slaughter Dies at Age 88

New York Rep Louise Slaughter Dies at Age 88

Representative Louise Slaughter of NY, the top Democrat on the House Rules Committee, died early Friday after suffering an injury at her Washington home last week, her office said in a statement.

Slaughter, who had a degree in microbiology, was originally from Harlan County, Ky., and her soft, twangy accent always seemed out of place for someone representing a district around Rochester, N.Y. But she was regularly re-elected - including a narrow victory in 2014 - and was the longest-serving member of Congress from NY when she died. (D-Mich.), 88, who had been the longest-serving member of Congress and the former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, resigned in disgrace amid accusations of sexual misconduct. Rep. She had been hospitalized at George Washington Hospital since last week, according to her office. "She was simply great", Speaker Paul Ryan tweeted.

"From her start in local government, to her service in the New York State Assembly, to her years in Washington D.C., Congresswoman Slaughter was a role model for many and earned the universal respect of colleagues and constituents". Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo will set the date for the special election in the 25th Congressional District, which includes the city of Rochester.

Other politicians, including Vice President Mike Pence, turned to social media to offer their condolences for the loss of Slaughter.

Rep. Louise Slaughter died early Friday at the age of 88. "Her wit, passion, and depth of experience will be greatly missed in our Caucus".


The Democratic lawmaker from NY was serving her 16th term in the House of Representatives. The congresswoman is tough as nails, and she will bring that same spirit to this recovery. But she was repeatedly re-elected -including a narrow victory in 2014 - and was the longest-serving member of Congress from NY when she died. The Slaughter family is incredibly grateful for all the support during this hard time.

"Despite the sexism she faced while running for office as a woman and as the mother of young children, she prevailed, and rose to become the first woman chair of the powerful House Rules Committee", said State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman in a news release. She also pointed to her work addressing the overuse of antibiotics, in barring genetic discrimination in health care and ensuring that homeless children receive proper, adequate education. Slaughter is survived by daughters Megan, Amy, and Robin.

Louise and Robert Slaughter were married for 57 years, until his passing in 2014. "I hope it's OK with you that we will". After graduate school, she and her husband, Bob Slaughter, moved to the village of Fairport.

Say and Anderson were both from the Rochester, New York, area.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi confirmed the news of Slaughter's death in a statement, calling her a "trailblazer" and adding, "It was my great privilege to serve with her and to benefit from her friendship and wise counsel for 30 years". "The nation has lost a fervent defender of righteous policies and Western New York has lost a champion".

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