Congresswoman Louise Slaughter Has Died
The longtime Congresswoman died early Friday.
A news release drafted by her Chief of Staff, Liam Fitzsimmons, revealed Rep. Slaughter passed away this morning at George Washington University Hospital. The cause of her death is due to an injury she sustained in a fall last week. At the time of her passing she was surrounded by her loved ones. She was 88 years old.
Slaughter was born August 14th, 1929 in Lynch, Kentucky to Oscar and Daisy McIntosh. After high school she received her Bachelor (microbiology) and Master (public health) degrees from the University of Kentucky. After this she went to work for Proctor & Gamble. Around time she became increasingly interested in political issues.
In 1957, she married Robert “Bob” Slaughter. The couple had three daughters. Bob passed away in 2014 at the age of 82.
In 1984, she ran for the New York State Assembly and narrowly defeated incumbent, Thomas Hanna. Four years later she ran Congress.
At the time of her passing, Slaughter has spent more than thirty years serving the people of New York in the House of Representatives.
Slaughter was a staunch supporter of women and health issues. In 1993, she secured $500 million dollars for breast cancer research. She fought for legislation that guaranteed women and minorities could participate in NIH funded clinical trails. To that point, only white males were allowed to even for diseases that did not effect them. In 1994, she co-sponsored the Violence Against Women Act. In 2008, after twelve and a half years of trying, Slaughter got the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act passed. She called it the greatest accomplishment of her career.
She was also instrumental in writing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as the ACA or Obamacare. Slaughter was considered one of the most liberal/progressive members of Congress.
There is no word yet regarding funeral arrangements. We will update the story when their is.