Democratic Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter, 88, passed away early this morning at George Washington University Hospital in Washington D.C.
Slaughter was the Congressional Representative for New York’s 25th District, embodying the Rochester-area and was serving her 16th term in Congress. The congresswoman served the community for over 31-years and was considered by many as a trailblazer.
During her time in the House, Slaughter was well-known to be a hard fighter for the families of Monroe County. According to a press release, the congresswoman’s chief of staff Liam Fitzsimmons said,
“To have met Louise Slaughter is to have known a force of nature … It is difficult to find a segment of society that Louise didn’t help shape over the course of more than thirty years in Congress, from health care to genetic nondiscrimination to historic ethics reforms.”
Slaughter’s passing leaves an open seat going into the 2018 mid-term election. In the event of an open seat, the governor (in this case Andrew Cuomo) can call for a special election to fill the seat. Governor Cuomo has yet to comment on that possibility or the outcomes of the open seat.
Rochester became a leader in the nation for advanced mechanics as a result of Slaughter’s work. Slaughter’s most recent efforts and success focused on securing contracts and federal funding to make Rochester the capital for photonic research and production.
After decades of work to better the community, she ended up bettering the nation for millions of others. Slaughter authored many pieces of legislation, the most notable being the landmark Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) and Stop Trading On Congressional Information (STOCK) Act.
GINA was remarked by Senator Ted Kennedy as “the first civil rights act of the 21st century,” and was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2008. GINA prevents employers from either firing or hiring employees based on their genetic predisposition to a disease they have or may develop. The law also prevents insurance companies from raising the prices of premiums.
In 2012, Slaughter saw the passage of STOCK after a six year battle to get the law through Congress. STOCK bans insider trading in Congress and ensures federal officials, any members of Congress, the president, and the cabinet are all held to the highest ethical standards of their respective positions.
In light of the announcement of her death, governor Cuomo said,
“She was trailblazer, a partner and friend ever since we worked together for my father more than four decades ago. She will be missed greatly by all who knew her, but she will not be forgotten anytime soon by all those she served.”
Slaughter’s Press Contact Jeff Gohringer was unable to be reached for comment.