"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. As the first chairwoman of the House Rules Committee, Louise blazed a path that many women continue to follow.
Slaughter fell at her Washington, DC residence last week and was taken to George Washington University Hospital to receive treatment and monitoring for a concussion. But her proposal, introduced in each congressional session since 2007, helped draw national attention to the issue. Her loss will be deeply felt.
Slaughter was the oldest member of the House of Representatives.
Similarly, Slaughter long was aghast that her colleagues could buy and sell stocks without their constituents knowing in real time what was happening.
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Slaughter was originally from Kentucky and had a degree in microbiology; she got involved in politics when she moved to Rochester with husband Robert Slaughter.
"Her strong example inspired countless young women to know their power, and seek their rightful place at the head of the decision-making table", Pelosi said.
".@LouiseSlaughter was tough, unfailingly gracious, and unrelenting in fighting for her ideas". She won a seat in the Monroe County Legislature in 1975 and went on to serve two terms in the New York State Assembly in 1984.
They were married for 57 years, until Bob Slaughter's death in 2014. Slaughter served the Rochester area in Congress for 15 terms and planned a run for a 16th term this year. Her efforts to fix the medical research imbalance that emphasized clinical trials on diseases that affect white men rather than those that hit women and minorities disproportionately led to the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993. "Our thoughts and prayers are with her family". Survivors include three daughters; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. "Throughout her entire career, Louise worked with people from so many different philosophies and backgrounds, because she was such a genuine human spirit".
She also was the author of other pieces of landmark pieces of legislation in Congress, including one that barred members of Congress from insider trading, and was the co-author of the Violence Against Women Act. The ferocity of her advocacy was matched only by the depth of her compassion and humanity.