Congresswoman Louise Slaughter has died at George Washington University Hospital, her staff says. Louise was a fearless leader, deeply committed to her constituents, and a dear friend. She was the top-ranked Democrat on the House Rules Committee, and chaired the panel from 2007-2010 when Democrats controlled the House chamber.
Louise Slaughter (D) died at the age of 88 after a fall that prompted her hospitalization. However, Slaughter did break ranks with her fellow Democrats on a number of issues, specifically with her vote against the North America Free Trade Agreement.
Slaughter received her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and a Master of Science degree in Public Health from the University of Kentucky.
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"Like everyone on the Rules Committee, I loved working with Louise", McGovern said in a statement.
Slaughter "was a living icon for women from all walks of life who wanted to get off the sidelines and make a positive change in their community", Jamie Romeo, chairwoman of the Monroe County, N.Y., Democratic Party told the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester.
Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, released the following statement on the passing of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.
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Speculation - driven by younger members expressing a desire for change - also continues about the future of Pelosi, 77, and her leadership team of Reps. "May it be a source of comfort to Louise's three daughters, Megan, Amy and Emily, and her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchild, that so many around the country mourn with them".
She and her were married for 57 years. The congresswoman served 16 terms in Washington and had plans to run for a 17th term in November. "Although we sat on different sides of the aisle, I have always considered her a partner and have the utmost respect for her".
Early in her career, she successfully fought for the passage of legislation that guarantees that women and people of color are included in all federal health trials, established the Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and gave out the first $500 million in federal funding for breast cancer research at the NIH, according to her website.
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It took 14 years for Slaughter to pass the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, which bans carriers and employers from using a person's family medical history showing hereditary illness to hire or fire. The ferocity of her advocacy was matched only by the depth of her compassion and humanity.
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