WASHINGTON (WKYT/AP) - 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.
Rep. Louise Slaughter was born in Harlan County & raised in the Commonwealth. We send our deep condolences to her family & colleagues in Congress. https://t.co/KIaLpKFHfd— Alison L. Grimes (@KySecofState) March 16, 2018
We're sad to hear about the passing of @louiseslaughter, a trailblazer who made history and was the oldest serving member in Congress. She led the way as a woman in science in the 50s, graduating from UK with a bachelor's in bacteriology and a master's in public health. #seeblue pic.twitter.com/mjPMy64HnA— University of Kentucky (@universityofky) March 16, 2018