NY Congresswoman Louise Slaughter dies at 88 after taking fall last week

Rep. Louise Slaughter, a Democrat who represented the Rochester area for more than 30 years, has died. She was 88.

The former chair of the Rules Committee — and the oldest member of the House — suffered a head injury after a fall, her office said.

Slaughter fell while at her Washington home last week, her chief of staff said.

“To have met Louise Slaughter is to have known a force of nature,” Slaughter's chief of staff Liam Fitzsimmons 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 was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1986 after first serving in the State Assembly for two terms.

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Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., and Jill Eikenberry of 'LA Law' and Rep. Ben Cardin, D-Md., at a News conference in the Rayburn House Office Building. They are Breast Cancer advocates, on June 24, 1991. (Photo by Laura Patterson/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images)
Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., serves a sample of her Chili (vegetarian), on Sep. 16, 1991. (Photo by Laura Patterson/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images)
Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y. 1994 (Photo by Maureen Keating/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images)
Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., at the House Civility Hearing, in April 1997. (Photo by Maureen Keating/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 07: Sen. Tom Daschle, D-SD, speaks at a press conference in which Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-NY, declared that the new Democratic majority in the Senate makes passage of legislation possible to ban genetic discrimination. Rep. Slaughter and Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-MA, appear in the background. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 14: Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., is interviewed by Roll Call in her Capitol office. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 21: PUBLIC BROADCASTING RALLY--Rep. Nita M. Lowey, D-N.Y., Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-N.Y., Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., wait for a rally to begin with Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., ranking member on the House Energy Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, with Clifford the Big Red Dog and other PBS characters, and representatives of Action for Children's Television, National Parent Teacher's Association (PTA) and Children NOW, in support of public radio and television; a draft bill approved in House Appropriations last week would decrease program funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting by 23 percent, or $87 million, to $300 million for fiscal 2006. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES - 2007/01/12: Euan Blair meets with Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) the chairwoman of the House Rules Committee in Washington. Blair interned under Rep. David Dreier (R-CA) a ranking member of the Committee. (Photo by Stephen J. Boitano/LightRocket via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 27: Actress Pia Glenn, the Lady of the Lake in the broadway show Spamalot that is playing in town gives an economic impact study of Broadway shows on towns across America to Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - Nov. 18: Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-N.Y., and Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., talk as they arrive for the House Democratic Caucus leadership elections in the Cannon House Office Building. Rangel is also chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - AUGUST 12: House Rules Committee Chairwoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) talks to reporters on Capitol Hill August, 12, 2009 in Washington, DC. Rep. Slaughter and former CIGNA Vice President Wendell Potter spoke about health care legislation that is before Congress. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - MARCH 18: U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) (L) leaves with an aide after a House Democratic Caucus meeting March 18, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama has postponed his trip to Australia and Indonesia until June, so he can stay in Washington to monitor his battle to change the nation's health care system. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 20: Chairman of the House Committee on Rules Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) listens to testimony during a meeting of the committee on Capitol Hill on March 20, 2010, in Washington, DC. The Committee on Rules will determine how the pending health care legislation will advance through the vote in the House of Representatives. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC- NOVEMBER 17: Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) speaks to staff between votes... House Democrats caucus to decide the 112th Congress leadership positions on Capitol Hill Wednesday, November 17, 2010. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Washington, DC - July, 28: L-R: David S. Ferriero, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, Sen. Charles Schumer(D-NY), Rep. Louise Slaughter(D-NY), and Cynthia Koch join to remove the covers as the National Archives unveils old letters and documents from the 'Grace Tulley Archives' of correspondence from FDR and family that have been in private hands for decades and now will reside in the FDR Presidential library on July, 28, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES ? FEBRUARY 7: Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., speaks during a news conference to call on passage of the STOCK Act on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 25: U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) (2ndL) speaks while flanked by colleagues on Capitol Hill about the Sebelius v. Hobby case that was argued at the Supreme Court earlier today, on March 25, 2014 in Washington, DC. The members said that there are constitutional protections that could be at risk if the court rules in favor of the petitioners. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 14: Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., participates in a news conference at the House Triangle to call for the release of the food safety chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Thursday, May 14, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 16: Reps. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., and Jim McGovern, D-Mass., confer before a House Rules Committee hearing in the Capitol, July 16, 2014, on the constitutionality of a House Republican led lawsuit against President Obama for allegedly overstepping his authority with certain provisions in his health care law. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 18: Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., speaks during a news conference on the Trans-Pacific Partnership outside of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 26: U.S. Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) (C) speaks as (L-R) Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL), Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), and Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) listen during a news conference October 26, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus held a news conference 'calling on President Trump to reverse his recent moves to limit women's access to birth control.' (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Representatives Nita Lowey, Louise Slaughter, Fmr. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Anita Hill, Fmr. Rep. Pat Schroeder and Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton in Washington, DC on November 16, 2017. 124.0.822313339
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 21: U.S. House Rules Committee Chairman Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) (C), Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) (R) and Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) (L) listen to House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a meeting about a bill to avert government shutdown December 21, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Pelosi spoke on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 21: U.S. House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX) talks with Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) as negotiations continue on funding the government to avert a shutdown at midnight on Friday night, at the U.S. Capitol on December 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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