NY Rep. Louise Slaughter dies, Oldest member of Congress

US Rep. Louise Slaughter Dies At Age 88 After Fall

As chairwoman, she played an enormous role in dictating terms of debate on the House floor.

"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.

She studied microbiology and public health and was the only microbiologist in Congress, according to her official biography.

Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), right, photographed alongside House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on January 5, 2017.

Bipartisan tributes for Slaughter poured forth Friday.

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

After her chairwoman portrait was unveiled in 2015, she said she hoped "that in the very near future, women will outnumber the men on this committee's wall and in all the committee rooms in Congress".

In a statement, Liam Fitzsimmons, Slaughter's chief of staff, described her as a "relentless advocate" for Western New York whose "visionary leadership" yielded infrastructure upgrades, technology and research investments and two federal manufacturing institutes in Rochester. And she vowed, "I won't stop fighting until that number is zero". "She was simply great", Ryan tweeted. Jim McGovern will take over her committee post in an acting capacity and is the most likely candidate to permanently succeed her.

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House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, said in a statement that while he and Slaughter may have been on opposite sides of the political divide, they nevertheless worked side-by-side for 20 years and he considered her a "partner".

The Massachusetts Democrat was the second highest ranking Democrat on Rules behind Slaughter.

In December, Rep. John Conyers Jr.

Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), the oldest sitting member of Congress and a healthcare giant who helped steer the Affordable Care Act through passage, has died at 88.

Speculation - driven by younger members expressing a desire for change - also continues about the future of Pelosi, 77, and her leadership team of Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), 78, and James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.), 77. Slaughter also co-authored the Violence Against Women Act in 1994 and worked to help replace unsafe body armor for US troops stationed in Iraq in the mid-2000s.

Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle, a Rochester-area Democrat, remembered Slaughter as a tireless advocate for the community. Slaughter won the re-election contest by roughly 15 points. Her closer-than-anticipated victory made Republicans look again at the district, but she ran a more serious campaign in 2016 and defeated her GOP opponent by 12 points.

NY law, meanwhile, requires the governor to call a special election to fill a House seat if the vacancy occurs before July 1 of the previous year of the term.

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