Louise Slaughter, first woman to represent WNY in Congress, has died.

March 16, 2018

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

Democratic Congresswoman Lousie Slaughter, who had represented the Rochester and Buffalo areas in Congress since 1987, has died. She was 88.

Rep. Louise M. Slaughter was a Rochester-area Democrat who represented parts of Buffalo for a decade. She fought for issues ranging from government ethics to health care.

Her office revealed earlier this week that she had suffered a head injury after a fall, and had been hospitalized with a concussion.

Slaughter was the oldest member of the House of Representatives.

Slaughter was elected to the House of Representatives in 1986, defeating Republican Fred Eckert in a close race and becoming the first women to represent Western New York in Congress.


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