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New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter dies at 88

Louise Slaughter
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Louise Slaughter, a Democrat who had represented New York's 25th congressional district since 1987, has died at age 88 after suffering a head injury in her Washington home, her office confirmed in a statement on Friday.

She represented the area surrounding Rochester and served as the ranking Democrat on the House Rules Committee.

“To have met Louise Slaughter is to have known a force of nature. She was a relentless advocate for Western New York whose visionary leadership brought infrastructure upgrades, technology and research investments, and two federal manufacturing institutes to Rochester that will transform the local economy for generations to come." 
— Liam Fitzsimmons, Slaughter's chief of staff, said in a statement.