Congresswoman Louise Slaughter Dies at 88 After Suffering a Concussion

18 March, 2018, 01:38 | Author: Irene Delgado
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Louise Slaughter was first elected to Congress in 1986. She died Friday

The office of Rep Lousie Slaughter, D-NY this morning confirmed the Congresswoman who has represented the Rochester area since 1987 has died after a fall in her home.She was the oldest member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

"For three decades, Congresswoman Slaughter fought tenaciously on behalf of New Yorkers and all Americans, blazing a trail as one of the most powerful and influential women in Congress", said HRC President Chad Griffin.

The former chair of the Rules Committee - and the oldest member of the House - suffered a head injury after a fall, her office said.

Liam Fitzsimmons, the congresswoman's chief of staff, announced that shedied early Friday, surrounded by family at George Washington University Hospital. "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". Slaughter and her late husband, Robert, moved to Fairport, a suburb of Rochester, N.Y., in the 1950s, where they remained for the rest of their lives.

"The ferocity of her advocacy was matched only by the depth of her compassion and humanity". She went on to serve two terms in the New York State Assembly before winning election to Congress in 1986.

".@LouiseSlaughter was tough, unfailingly gracious, and unrelenting in fighting for her ideas. May it be a source of comfort to Louise's three daughters, Megan, Amy and Emily, and her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchild, that so many around the country mourn with them". "She was a relentless advocate for Western New York whose visionary leadership brought infrastructure upgrades, technology and research investments, and two federal manufacturing institutes to Rochester that will transform the local economy for generations to come".

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She received the RIT Presidential Medallion in 2010 for her support of NTID, and was a member of NTID's National Advisory Group.

Slaughter was the ranking Democrat on the Rules Committee, which determines when and how bills reach the House floor, and served as chairman for four years after Pelosi became the first female House speaker in 2007. "I extend my deepest condolences to her family and loved ones during this hard time". "She made it her mission to help every man and woman chase their American Dream", Pelosi said. "She will be missed greatly by all who knew her, but she will not be forgotten anytime soon by all those she served". She and Bob were married for 57 years.

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

"She fought tirelessly for numerous same principles that the New York State Assembly Majority holds near and dear to our hearts, including women's reproductive rights, access to health care, higher education, and a fair minimum wage - just to name a few".

New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter has died at the age of 88.

"She was trailblazer, a partner and friend ever since we worked together for my father more than four decades ago", the younger Cuomo said in a statement, calling her a "champion for NY".

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