Rochester House Press Office

Veteran New York Rep. Louise Slaughter Dies At 88

March 16, 2018 - 1:55 pm

WASHINGTON (1010 WINS/AP) -- Veteran Democratic congresswoman Louise Slaughter has died. She was 88.

Slaughter was serving her 16th term in Congress and was the top Democrat on the House Rules Committee. She was the first woman to chair that committee when she led it from 2007 through 2010.

Liam Fitzsimmons is her chief of staff. In a statement, he says Slaughter died early Friday at George Washington University Hospital after injuring herself in a fall in her area home. Fitzsimmons said on Wednesday that she'd sustained a concussion but no broken bones.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Slaughter was a powerful voice for good. We are heartbroken for her family, friends, and the people of Rochester.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo called Slaughter a champion for New York who had a larger than life presence in Rochester area politics.

"She was trailblazer, a partner and friend ever since we worked together for my father more than four decades ago. She will be missed greatly," Cuomo added.

Slaughter was originally from Kentucky and had a degree in microbiology. She was repeatedly re-elected, sometimes narrowly, and was the longest-serving member of Congress from New York.