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Marking one year since the death of longtime local Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Mar 15, 2019

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Saturday, March 16, marks one year since the death of longtime Rochester area Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. The Kentucky native, who more recently lived in Fairport, represented parts of the Rochester area for 31 years, before she died in March of 2018 at the age of 88.

Slaughter, the only microbiologist in Congress, was among 10 women announced this past week as inductees into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls. The induction ceremony will be held September 14 in Seneca County.

Slaughter was the first woman to chair the House Rules Committee. Prior to that, Slaughter served in the New York State Assembly from 1982 to 1986 and the Monroe County Legislature between 1976 and 1979. While holding elected office, she was regional coordinator to Mario Cuomo from 1976 to 1978 while he served as secretary of state and from 1979 to 1982 while he served as lieutenant governor.

Louise Slaughter was remembered this week by the man who succeeded her in the 25th Congressional District seat, Joe Morelle:

Also marking the one-year anniversary of the death of Rep. Slaughter, was Congressman John Lewis, the Democrat from Georgia and civil rights leader who was a friend of Slaughter. Lewis entered Congress with Slaughter in 1987.

He had this remembrance on the House floor:

Among the honors given to Louise Slaughter after her death were naming the train station in Rochester after her, and also plans to rename a post office in Fairport after Louise and her husband Bob.