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Rep. Louise Slaughter

Congresswoman Louise McIntosh Slaughter is one of the most powerful and unique figures in the House of Representatives.  In the 110th Congress, she became the first woman to serve as Chairwoman of the influential House Committee on Rules, a position that allowed her to influence nearly every single piece of legislation that comes to the House floor for a vote. She held that position from 2007 until 2011.

Congresswoman Slaughter is also a member of House Democratic Leadership and serves on the prestigious Democratic Steering & Policy Committee, which helps determine committee assignments. She is also the Democratic Chair of two congressional caucuses: the Congressional Arts Caucus and the Bipartisan Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, of which she was a founding member.

Congresswoman Slaughter is beginning her thirteenth term in Congress as U.S. Representative for the 28th Congressional District of New York State. Her diverse district includes the cities of Rochester – where she lives – as well as Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Through her tireless work on behalf of the district, her constituents know her as a fighter for increased economic development across Western New York.

Over the years, Rep. Slaughter has earned a reputation for her dedication to constituent service while simultaneously being a strong progressive voice on a host of national issues, from the war in Afghanistan and global trade to government reform and genetics.

As the only microbiologist in Congress - with a master's degree in public health - Rep. Slaughter played a leading role in negotiating the health care reform legislation that was signed into law in 2010. She participated in nearly all the high-level conversations and attended the summit held by the President at the White House as the final bill was shaped. Rep. Slaughter consistently fought to make sure the bill was fully paid for and would not contribute to the deficit.

Rep. Slaughter, who was first elected to Congress in 1986, holds a Bachelor of Science degree (1951) in Microbiology and a Master of Science degree (1953) in Public Health from the University of Kentucky. Prior to entering Congress, she served in the New York State Assembly (1982-86) and the Monroe County (N.Y.) Legislature (1976-79); and as regional coordinator to then-Secretary of State Mario Cuomo (1976-78) and to then-Lt. Gov. Mario Cuomo (1979-82).

A native of Harlan County, Kentucky, Congresswoman Slaughter has lived most of her life in Rochester's suburb of Fairport. She is married to Robert Slaughter and has three daughters and seven grandchildren.