But Slaughter, who died Friday at the age of 88 after suffering a fall and a concussion last week, stood at Pelosi's side during numerous most important moments of Pelosi's career, and through numerous House's most historic moments of the past three decades. The 88-year-old had been the first woman to chair the House Rules Committee.
In a statement on Thursday, the day before her death, Liam Fitzsimmons, Slaughter's chief of staff, said the congresswoman was "taken to George Washington University Hospital to receive treatment and monitoring for a concussion. Her legacy as a tireless advocate and tenacious champion will live on in my heart, as will her impact on RIT and the greater Rochester community that she loved so deeply". A microbiologist, she worked in Congress to restrict the use of antibiotics in healthy cattle. Bob Slaughter died in 2014 at 82.
"The ferocity of her advocacy was matched only by the depth of her compassion and humanity", added Senate Minority Leader and fellow New York Democrat Chuck Schumer.
Elected in 1986, Slaughter represented the 25th District of NY, an area that includes the city of Rochester, but her Southern origins continued to show.
"When she dug into her heels, if you just wanted to save time, just do what she wants, because she's not going to go away", Pelosi said. They had three daughters and seven grandchildren. 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".
Since the 2017 retirement of Charles Rangel, Slaughter was the dean of New York's Congressional delegation.
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"The Slaughter family is incredibly grateful for all the support during this hard time", he added.
"Throughout the course of her life as a public servant, Congresswoman Slaughter was a trailblazer for women".
Louise Slaughter served in Congress for 16 terms during her 30-year political career. She was the oldest member of Congress up until her death. Slaughter spent years trying to set safety standards for military body armor after a report revealed that many casualties in the Iraq War had been born of the fact that the protective armor troops were wearing was inadequate.
She studied at the University of Kentucky, receiving a bachelor's degree in 1951 and a master's in 1953, and was working in Texas when she met Robert Slaughter at a motel pool.
Bernard Hurwitz, associate vice president of RIT for NTID Administration, served as an intern in her office in 1989, during his third year of college. On behalf of Congresswoman Slaughter's New York State Assembly family, I offer my sincerest condolences to her loved ones during this hard time.
Say and Anderson were both from the Rochester, New York, area. "She was unrelenting in fighting for her ideas and the people back home in Western New York".