Rep. Louise Slaughter


Funeral services for Congresswoman Louise Slaughter are being held Friday at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre and a number of notable political officials will be in attendance.

Among the most recent names mentioned, Former President Bill Clinton. It was previously announced that his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be among those delivering a eulogy, along with civil rights icon and Congressman John Lewis and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Rep. Louise Slaughter died early Friday at the age of 88. The congresswoman served 16 terms in Washington and had plans to run for a 17th term in November.

Slaughter was the first woman to chair the powerful House Committee on Rules since it was formally constituted on April 2, 1789, and was serving as its ranking member. Her office said she was "a relentless fighter for families in Monroe County and across the nation, and authored the landmark Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) and the Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, among many other accomplishments."

Politicians, citizens, and friends are sharing their memories of Slaughter; they say she was known for her determination, compassion, and wit. 

This hour, we discuss Slaughter's life and career with Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo, NYSUT Regional Staff Director Carrie Andrews, Rochester City Council Member Molly Clifford, Governor Andrew Cuomo's Chief of Staff Melissa DeRosa, Dr. Bill Valenti of Trillium Health, Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, and community members.


When it comes to government-funded research, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter worried the funding goes mostly to men. When she tried to follow the money, she found some agencies don't even track the information as they are supposed to.

"The fairness issue is appalling, but the loss of brainpower is really what we can't afford to have."