New York Rep. Louise Slaughter dead at 88

Slaughter began her political career by serving in New York's State Assembly for two terms.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, House Democratic Caucus chairman and Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens/Bronx) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan) were among elected officials who mourned Slaughter's loss and praised her work and achievements.

As one of the longest-serving women in the House of Representatives, Slaughter was a prominent voice for women and diversity. She also helped write the Violence Against Women Act and a 2008 law created to protect people with genetic predispositions to health conditions from facing discrimination from their employers or health insurance companies. Slaughter earned the reputation as a staunch supporter of her party, helping Democrats pass several major pieces of legislation with virtually no support from Republicans. The announcement of her death came just a day after Fitzsimmons backed Slaughter to make a recovery, calling her as "tough as nails". She remained nonchalant, however, even while inspiring Republican rage over a short-lived proposal known as "the Slaughter Strategy", in which she considered passing the Senate version of Obamacare without an up-or-down vote - a tactic, she noted, that her Republican colleagues had sometimes used themselves. Slaughter spent years trying to set safety standards for military body armor after a report revealed that many casualties in the Iraq War had been born of the fact that the protective armor troops were wearing was inadequate.

Her progressive legacy in Congress ranges from landmark government ethics legislation to health care and historic legislation to prevent discrimination. She once called the arts "the only thing that I know that tells us who we were and who we are and who we hope to be".


Dorothy Louise McIntosh was born in Harlan County, in southeastern Kentucky, on August 14, 1929.

An aide confirmed her death Friday morning, according to the Associated Press and multiple media outlets. She was predeceased by her husband, Bob, in 2014. In 1990, she led the push to establish the National Office of Research on Women's Health.

As chairwoman, she played an vast role in dictating terms of debate on the House floor. They had three daughters, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Slaughter died about a week after she suffered a fall and a concussion in her Washington home.


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