Champion for “We the People” Rep. Louise Slaughter Dies at 88

Champion for “We the People” Rep. Louise Slaughter Dies at 88


Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) who was the top Democrat on the House Rules Committee, died at the age of 88 yesterday after a fall.

““I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my colleague and friend Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.  She was a trailblazer, a leader, and champion for women.  From her time in the state legislature to the halls of Congress, Louise was a dedicated public servant to the people of New York and this nation.  I offer my sincere condolences to her family and all who knew and loved her. Louise will be greatly missed,” wrote Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH). 

“It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Louise Slaughter. Louise spent over three decades in Congress fighting for what she believed in. As the first woman to chair the powerful Rules Committee, she was a fearless leader and a relentless advocate for women, diversity and inclusion. I was lucky enough to call Louise my friend, and she never failed to make everyone laugh. Her spirit was infectious, and we will all miss her terribly. This is a great loss for New York, the entire House of Representatives, and our country. I extend my sincerest condolences to her children, grandchildren, friends, staff and all those positively impacted by her remarkable life and work,” wrote Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA). 

“Slaughter was one of the most liberal members of Congress, Slaughter played an integral part of the Violence Against Women Act, the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act and writing Obamacare,” wrote Chad Pergram in obit for Fox News.  

Slaughter earned a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Kentucky. In 1993, she funneled $500 million to the National Institute of Health for breast cancer research.

“Today’s signing of the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization into law gives women and all victims of domestic violence across America the peace of mind that their government will not abandon them in their time of need.”

“That we have children coming into this world already polluted, at the same time we don’t know what the effects of that pollution will be on their mental and physical development, is both bad policy and immorally wrong,” Slaughter said.

Slaughter was a well liked member of Congress and someone members of the press enjoyed speaking with.  She was also the oldest sitting member of Congress at the time of her death on March 16.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke