Rep. Louise Slaughter, New York congresswoman born in Kentucky, dies at 88

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Published: Mar. 16, 2018 at 10:55 AM EDT
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Rep. Louise Slaughter, a Democratic congresswoman from upstate New York, has died at 88.

Slaughter was born in the small city of Lynch, Kentucky, which is in eastern Harlan County. She later moved to Monticello as a child before receiving her master's degree at the University of Kentucky where she became a microbiologist.

The Democrat eventually moved to New York for her professional career before getting into politics. She would serve in local and state politics in the Empire State before being elected to the U.S. House in 1986.

Slaughter's district included the city of Rochester and was the longest-serving member of Congress from New York. She was also the first woman to serve as the chair of the House Committee on Rules.

Her congressional office released a statement saying she died Friday morning at George Washington University Hospital after suffering a concussion at home days before.

Some in Kentucky are sending their thoughts upon the news of the congresswoman's death.