Democratic Party Rep.Louise Slaughter, who represented the Rochester area in Congress since 1987, has died. She was 88.
Congresswoman Slaughter was hospitalized last week after suffering a head injury after a fall at the Washington, DC home, and had been hospitalized with a concussion.
Statements from politicians throughout the state are below regarding Ms. Slaughter:
Congressman Tom Reed:
“I am sad to learn about the passing of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. Louise worked tirelessly to help improve the lives of those in the Rochester region and Western New York. It was an honor to serve in the House with her over the years. My deepest sympathies go out to her family. She will be missed.”
Assemblyman Brian Kolb:
“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. She was a distinguished and dedicated public servant who represented the Rochester region with grace, intelligence and integrity.
From her start in local government, to her service in the New York State Assembly, to her years in Washington D.C., Congresswoman Slaughter was a role model for many and earned the universal respect of colleagues and constituents. Her unwavering commitment to the people and prosperity of our region was truly admirable.
Today, all of New York State mourns the loss of an incredible individual and courageous public servant. I extend my deepest condolences to her family and loved ones during this difficult time.”
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand:
“I am deeply saddened that my dear friend and colleague Louise Slaughter has passed away. As a long-serving leader of the House Rules Committee, she tirelessly fought for Democratic principles and gave a voice to those who needed it. Louise devoted her life to serving the Rochester community, she never wavered in her fierce defense of our shared values as Americans, and she was one of the kindest and most compassionate colleagues I’ve ever had.
She was a brilliant microbiologist who worked tirelessly to make our food supply safer, she was a moral leader who passed the Stock Act to prevent corruption in Congress, and she was a proud New Yorker who fought to bring high-speed rail to our state. Louise will be remembered as one of the great, pioneering women in our country’s history, and it was an honor to serve alongside her in Congress.
I offer my heartfelt prayers and condolences to her entire family.”
Senator Charles Schumer:
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter was a giant. She had deep convictions — on both issues important to the people of Rochester, and for the integrity and honesty of the political system. Throughout her entire career, Louise worked with people from so many different philosophies and backgrounds, because she was such a genuine human spirit. The ferocity of her advocacy was matched only by the depth of her compassion and humanity. Her passing will leave a gaping hole in our hearts and our nation. My sincere condolences go out to her daughters and grandchildren and to the legions of people who loved and admired her,”
Congressman John Katko:
“I’m incredibly saddened by the loss of my friend and colleague, Rep. Louise Slaughter. Despite our party differences, Louise was always willing to work together in a bipartisan manner to fight for the people of our neighboring districts in Upstate New York. It was an honor to serve alongside her. During this difficult time, Robin and I keep her family, loved ones, and the people of Rochester and Monroe County in our thoughts and prayers.
Canandaigua Mayo Ellen Polemini:
I was greatly saddened to learn of Louise Slaughter’s passing today. Louise has been a long time friend and someone I have admired for the conviction and charm she brought to her government positions. She was a person who championed ethical representation and worked hard for her district, both as an Assembly person and as a Congresswoman. She was a true representative of all who live in western New York. I will truly miss my friend Louise Slaughter and send sincere condolences to her entire extended family.
Vice President Mike Pence:
Karen and I are saddened to hear of the passing of my friend Rep. Louise Slaughter. The Congresswoman was a passionate advocate for her beliefs and a valued member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Our prayers are with her family as they mourn her loss.