Rep. Louise Slaughter, Political 'Giant' and Trailblazer, Dies at 88

17 March, 2018, 01:19 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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She was the oldest sitting member of Congress and the first and only woman to lead the House Rules Committee, according to The Washington Post.

The Congresswoman's Chief of Staff, Liam Fitzsimmons, said Ms. Slaughter passed away early Friday morning surrounded by family at George Washington University Hospital.

"She truly epitomized what a public servant is", said Robert Duffy, the city's former mayor and state's former lieutenant governor, now president and CEO of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce. My deepest sympathies go out to her family.

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

After House Rules ranking member Louise Slaughter's death, Rep.


It's unclear, however, what exactly caused her death. She has a bachelor's degree in Classics and journalism from Hillsdale College in MI and a master's in professional writing from the University of Southern California.

After graduate school, she and her husband, Bob Slaughter, moved to Western New York, settling in the village of Fairport, near Rochester. She remained nonchalant, however, even while inspiring Republican rage over a short-lived proposal known as "the Slaughter Strategy", in which she considered passing the Senate version of Obamacare without an up-or-down vote - a tactic, she noted, that her Republican colleagues had sometimes used themselves.

Slaughter's Rochester-area seat, redrawn in 2011 to re-elect her, is safely Democratic. "But really, the things that I keep coming back to is how she was tough, but unfailingly gracious".

Slaughter's district included the city of Rochester and was the longest-serving member of Congress from NY. Redistricting in 2012 dramatically altered Slaughter's district, fueling speculation that she might retire. "Throughout her entire career, Louise worked with people from so many different philosophies and backgrounds, because she was such a genuine human spirit. My honest condolences go out to her daughters and grandchildren and to the legions of people who loved and admired her". The ferocity of her advocacy was matched only by the depth of her compassion and humanity. She also helped write the Violence Against Women Act and a 2008 law created to protect people with genetic predispositions to health conditions from facing discrimination from their employers or health insurance companies.

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