Rep. Louise Slaughter Passed Away on Thursday

Slaughter, the oldest member of the House, was serving her 16th term in Congress, having first arrived in Washington as a representative from NY in 1987.

"Paul and I are heartbroken by the passing of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter".

Breaking with Democratic Party leaders, she argued that worldwide trade agreements did little more than drain the United States of manufacturing jobs. A statement from her office indicated that she did not suffer any broken bones but was being monitored for a concussion.

Slaughter advocated for women's access to abortion, co-authored a landmark domestic abuse law, and broke with Democrats when she criticized global trade's impacts on labor.

Two landmark pieces of legislation bear her name.

"She was a relentless fighter for families in Monroe County and across the nation", her office said in a statement.

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Congresswoman Slaughter is the longest-serving member of New York's delegation to Congress and the oldest sitting member of the House. From 1982 to 1996, he worked as a senior staffer, including eventually chief of staff, for Rep. Joe Moakley, D-Mass., who was Rules chairman from 1989 to 1995. The measure, which passed in 2008, was created to prevent insurance providers from rejecting coverage for healthy people predisposed to cancer and other diseases. She also fought for the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and passage of hate crimes protections, was an original co-sponsor of the Equality Act, and a longtime member of the LGBT Equality Caucus.

An aggressive politician who was not afraid to butt heads with other lawmakers, Slaughter nonetheless won the respect of her colleagues with her hard work and her persistence.

"We are about to unleash a cultural war in this country!" "But really, the things that I keep coming back to is how she was tough, but unfailingly gracious".

"It was my great privilege to serve with Rep. @LouiseSlaughter and to benefit from her friendship and wise counsel for 30 years", Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted.

Slaughter was unable to pass restrictive antibiotics legislation. She brought the grace and grit of her Southern background to her leadership in the Congress, building bridges and breaking down barriers all with her attractive accent. In 2015, President Barack Obama announced a $1.2 billion, five-year plan to identify emerging "superbugs" and increase funding for new antibiotics and vaccines.

Born Dorothy Louise McIntosh Slaughter on August 14, 1929, in Kentucky, she earned a microbiology degree with a master's degree in public health.

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