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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter dies

March 16, 2018 05:23 PM

Democratic Congresswoman Louise Slaughter passed away Friday morning surrounded by family after sustaining an injury in her Washington, D.C. residence last week.

Her office revealed earlier this week that she had suffered a head injury after a fall, and had been hospitalized with a concussion.

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Liam Fitzsimmons, her chief of staff, issued the following statement following her death:

“To have met Louise Slaughter is to have known a force of nature. 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. As the first chairwoman of the House Rules Committee, Louise blazed a path that many women continue to follow. It is difficult to find a segment of society that Louise didn’t help shape over the course of more than thirty years in Congress, from health care to genetic nondiscrimination to historic ethics reforms. The Slaughter family is incredibly grateful for all the support during this difficult time."

She was elected to Congress in 1986. Prior to that, Slaughter served in the New York State Assembly from 1982 to 1986 and the Monroe County Legislature between 1976 and 1979. While holding elected office, she was regional coordinator to Mario Cuomo from 1976 to 1978 while he served as secretary of state and from 1979 to 1982 while he served as lieutenant governor. 

Slaughter was the oldest member of the House of Representatives.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been released.

This is a developing story. News10NBC will have more information as it becomes available.

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