New York Rep. Louise Slaughter dead at 88

US Rep. Louise Slaughter Dies At Age 88 After Fall

US Rep. Louise Slaughter Dies At Age 88 After Fall

Slaughter was a lead author of the Stock Act, passed in 2012 to curb insider trading among lawmakers and congressional aides, a co-author of the Violence Against Women Act, and a longtime advocate for women's rights and funding for women's health programs.

Her bill, the Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act of 2012, requires lawmakers to disclose which stocks they buy and sell to their constituents - a law that ultimately led to the ongoing investigation into fellow NY lawmaker Rep. Chris Collins (R) after the House ethics committee concluded there is "substantial reason to believe" that the Republican engaged in insider trading to benefit a company of which he is a shareholder.

Slaughter also played a role in ushering the Affordable Care Act through Congress in 2010. She ran for the Monroe County Legislature three times, winning a seat in 1975.

Chief of staff Liam Fitzsimmons reflected on the "force of nature" that was the congresswoman.

She narrowly won re-election in 2014 by 871 votes in a race against Republican Mark Assini, the supervisor of the town of Gates in the suburbs of Rochester.

Congresswoman Slaughter has been a champion for the LGBTQ community her entire career.

"It is with great sadness we learn of the passing of my friend, and a great friend to Western New York, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter".

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(D-Mich.), 88, who had been the longest-serving member of Congress and the former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, resigned in disgrace amid accusations of sexual misconduct. Rep. "Although we sat on different sides of the aisle, I have always considered her a partner and have the utmost respect for her".

Slaughter was born in Harlan County, Ky., and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology and a Master of Science degree in public health.

Under state law, New York's governor, Democrat Andrew Cuomo, has discretion over when to call a special election. Slaughter and her late husband, Robert, moved to Fairport, a suburb of Rochester, N.Y., in the 1950s, where they remained for the rest of their lives.

In his statement, Senate Minority Leader and fellow New Yorker Charles Schumer called Slaughter a "giant". She noted she was proud to be a part of passing the Democrats' signature health care law in 2009.

Dorothy Louise McIntosh Slaughter was born August 14, 1929, in Lynch, Kentucky.

'Louise never forgot her roots as the daughter of a Kentucky blacksmith, ' House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement.

As Kodak and other Rochester-area manufacturers shed thousands of jobs over the years, Slaughter worked with New York's congressional delegation to bring high-tech companies to the region and fought for federal dollars to improve the infrastructure, including a new Amtrak train station that opened last year. They had three daughters, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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