Representative Slaughter, 88, dies after fall: statement

"Because of her, we were able to have women elected to be county executive, a woman elected to be mayor, and women elected to city council", said Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren.

"She was a wonderful person, a great champion for higher education and the community, and particularly for the Golisano Institute for Sustainability and the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies", Nasr said. "She wanted to go in office and she wanted to go as her husband did - very quickly".

"Throughout the course of her life as a public servant, Congresswoman Slaughter was a trailblazer for women. She has left a lasting legacy". When President Bill Clinton asked her to support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), according to the Almanac of American Politics, she replied, "Why are you carrying George Bush's trash?"

"To have met Louise Slaughter is to have known a force of nature", Liam Fitzsimmons, her chief of staff, said in a statement.

Slaughter was the dean of the NY congressional delegation, serving her 16th term in Congress. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo will set the date for the special election in the 25th Congressional District, which includes the city of Rochester.

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As Rules Committee chairwoman, Slaughter ushered the Affordable Care Act and the Dodd-Frank financial regulation measure to the House floor. She remained the top Democrat on the panel until her death. "Her wit, passion, and depth of experience will be greatly missed in our Caucus". Her passing will leave a gaping hole in our hearts and our nation.

She was the only microbiologist in Congress and a former blues and jazz singer.

Slaughter was born Dorothy Louise McIntosh on August 14, 1929, in Appalachian coal country. She received a bachelor's degree in microbiology and a master's degree in public health from the University of Kentucky. Bob Slaughter died in 2014 at 82. She ran for the Monroe County Legislature three times, winning a seat in 1975.

She was the top Democrat on the powerful House Rules Committee, and served as its chairman from 2007 to 2011. Slaughter earned the reputation as a staunch supporter of her party, helping Democrats pass several major pieces of legislation with virtually no bipartisan support.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who also took office in 1987, said she was "heartbroken" by Slaughter's death. But really, the thing that I keep coming back to is how she was tough but unfailingly gracious. She pointed to her successes, saying she wasn't sure someone new in the job could be as effective a representative as she has been.

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Say and Anderson were both from the Rochester, New York, area.

"Because of her work, millions of Americans have been protected from having their DNA or medical history used against them", said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. However, Slaughter, 83 at the time, told The New York Times, "I don't feel my age".

The list of Slaughter's legislative accomplishments is lengthy. At 88, she was the oldest member of the House.

Slaughter continuously worked on behalf of women's rights.

Slaughter was first elected to Congress in 1986.

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