U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter has died, days after a fall in her home in Washington, D.C., her office announced Friday.
The eldest member of Congress at age 88, Slaughter had been hospitalized for a concussion she received Wednesday.
“To have met Louise Slaughter is to have known a force of nature,” Liam Fitzsimmons, her chief of staff, said in a statement. “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.”
Slaughter, a Democrat born in Kentucky, had served in the House since 1987, winning 16 elections in New York’s 25th district.