Rep. Louise Slaughter, 88, dies in hospital


A special election will be held to elect someone to serve out the rest of Slaughter's term, which expires December 31.

She never once forgot a name, a face or a connection, or made you feel like you weren't the most important person in the room. With her training as a scientist, Louise fought for fairness and led the way on the major issues of our time, from environmental preservation to women's rights to attracting 21st century jobs in cutting edge industries like photonics.

The Democrat served as US representative for New York's 25th congressional district from 1987 to 2018. "She was a relentless advocate for western NY 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".

Slaughter listens during a news conference in 2016 on Capitol Hill in which House Democrats were standing "against the Trans-Pacific Partnership". The legislation, which was passed under the Clinton administration in 1994, improved national criminal justice efforts aimed at individuals who committed violent and/or sexual offenses against women. According to Fitzsimmons, doctors have been monitoring her condition since the accident.

As one of the longest-serving women in the House of Representatives, Slaughter was a prominent voice for women and diversity. She also coauthored the Violence Against Women Act and was a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. A former jazz singer, Slaughter would sometimes fight with Republicans by day and sing at charity events they were involved in at night, Pelosi noted. "Good lord, she should have some recourse here". At the time of her death she was the Ranking Member of the House Rules Committee. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo will set the date for the special election in the 25th Congressional District, which includes the city of Rochester.

The list of Slaughter's legislative accomplishments is lengthy. The measure, which passed in 2008, was created to prevent insurance providers from rejecting coverage for healthy people predisposed to cancer and other diseases.

It's unclear, however, what exactly caused her death.

"We are about to unleash a cultural war in this country!"

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A native of Harlan County, Ky., she had a distinct twang and delivery that she employed to critique Republican policy with regularity from the dais and on the House floor.

Earlier in the week, it was reported that Slaughter suffered a head injury after a fall and was under hospital care for a concussion. In 2015, President Barack Obama announced a $1.2 billion, five-year plan to identify emerging "superbugs" and increase funding for new antibiotics and vaccines.

Dorothy Louise McIntosh Slaughter was born August 14, 1929, in Harlan County, Kentucky. Her training as a microbiologist long informed how she voted on health and science issues, including helping craft the Affordable Care Act, passing genetic nondiscrimination legislation and pushing for safer food supplies.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who visited Slaughter at the hospital on Thursday, called her "a trailblazer".

Born in Harlan County, Kentucky, the daughter of a blacksmith, Slaughter moved after college with her late husband, Bob, to upstate NY.

Louise and Robert Slaughter were married for 57 years, until his passing in 2014.

"This is what she wanted", Relin said. She showed me the ropes when I was first elected to the Senate in 2000, & did the same for so many of our colleagues.

Her reelection campaigns grew increasingly contentious as she entered her 80s, with some opponents questioning her health and attacking her as a "Washington insider". "I've always had the stamina of three people". "I had very high regard for Governor Cuomo, and therefore I loved Louise even before I met her". "She has a leg up".