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Phone: 202-225-3615

Address: 2469 RHOB, DC 20515

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Phone: (585) 232-4850

Address: 100 State Street, Rochester NY 14614-1309

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Louise Slaughter Biography
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  • Elected: 1986, 14th term.
  • District: New York 25
  • Born: Aug. 14, 1929, Harlan Cnty., KY
  • Home: Fairport
  • Education:

    U. of KY, B.S. 1951, M.S. 1953

  • Professional Career:

    Regional coord., Lt. Gov. Mario Cuomo, 1976–79.

  • Political Career:

    Monroe Cnty. Legislature, 1976–79; NY Assembly, 1982–86.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Episcopalian

  • Family: Married (Robert); 3 children

Democrat Louise Slaughter, elected in 1986, was the first woman to chair the powerful Rules Committee, and since Republicans took majority control of the House in 2010, she has been its ranking minority member. She has a long history of working on issues important to women and was one of the original authors of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act. Read More

Democrat Louise Slaughter, elected in 1986, was the first woman to chair the powerful Rules Committee, and since Republicans took majority control of the House in 2010, she has been its ranking minority member. She has a long history of working on issues important to women and was one of the original authors of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act.

A coal miner’s daughter and a descendant of Daniel Boone, she grew up in Kentucky and still speaks with the distinctive phraseology of the mountains. She wound up in New York in the 1950s when she moved there with her husband. Her involvement in community issues led to a career in government. Slaughter became a staffer for Mario Cuomo when he was lieutenant governor in the 1970s, and she won a seat on the Monroe County Legislature in 1976. She was elected to the New York Assembly in 1982.

Four years later, she beat one-term conservative Republican Rep. Fred Eckert, 51%-49%, after charging that he did nothing to free Associated Press reporter Terry Anderson, a Rochester native held hostage in Lebanon. She won by carefully tending to local problems and by earning the support of area businessmen and the local Democrat and Chronicle newspaper.

Slaughter has a solidly liberal voting record. She drew widespread attention in April 2011 when she said at a rally that a GOP bill blocking federal financing of abortions had documentation requirements that were “sort of like an old German Nazi movie: ‘Show me your papers.’” She also is fiery on the subject of free trade agreements that she contends put Americans out of work. When President Bill Clinton asked her to support the North American Free Trade Agreement, she responded: “Why are you carrying George Bush’s trash?”

Her biggest legislative victory in the 112th Congress (2011-12) came when President Barack Obama signed into law a bill banning insider stock trading by lawmakers, a cause she had championed for years. In 2008, Slaughter capped a years-long campaign by winning enactment of her bill to bar discrimination in employment or health insurance based on the use of genetic information. On local issues, Slaughter has been an outspoken advocate of bringing high-speed rail to her region and worked in 2011 to get US Airways to slash the cost of flights out of Rochester.

During the 2009 health care debate, she was a major advocate of including a government-run insurer to compete with private companies and was sharply critical of the Senate’s decision to jettison the public option. When the final compromise came before the House in March 2010, Slaughter wrote a rule for the floor vote that attempted to get around the Senate by deeming the Senate version passed by the House once the House approved a “corrections bill” making changes to the other body’s version. Outraged Republicans dubbed the move the “Slaughter Solution,” even as Slaughter noted that the GOP had employed the strategy from time to time in the majority. The idea eventually was scrapped.

A microbiologist by training, Slaughter opposed proposals to ban human cloning and was an outspoken proponent of federal support for embryonic stem cell research. She introduced a bill in 2009 to limit the non-therapeutic use of pharmaceuticals in livestock. The bill did not move, but hearings on it drew widespread attention. The Food and Drug Administration released guidelines recommending the end of using of antibiotics to promote animal growth, a move Slaughter hailed as a step in the right direction.

As a loyal lieutenant of Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who once called Slaughter “the best politician that I have ever seen,” Slaughter helped to bring the first legislation to the House floor for the new Democratic majority in 2007: an overhaul of House rules, largely dictated by Pelosi and her lieutenants. Slaughter hailed the result as “a Congress people can be proud of again.” But Republicans quickly cried foul when Democrats next moved to the floor six bills from their campaign agenda, without committee action and with no opportunity for amendments. Her dismissal of procedural objections led to regular flare-ups with ranking Republican David Dreier of California, an astute and partisan master of parliamentary procedure.

Slaughter’s ascension to the chairmanship of Rules capped several years of struggle to move up in the Democratic leadership. In 1994, she lost toBarbara Kennelly of Connecticut in the race for vice chairman of the Democratic Caucus, and in 1996, she was defeated byJohn Spratt of South Carolina for the ranking Democrat post on the Budget Committee. She became the ranking Democrat on the Rules Committee in 2005.

In 2002, redistricting placed Slaughter in the same district with Democratic Rep. John LaFalce, the party’s ranking member on the Banking Committee. Luckily for Slaughter, LaFalce decided to retire. She won 62%-38% against an inexperienced Republican challenger.

Post-2010 census redistricting placed her in a more Republican district, prompting popular Republican County Executive Maggie Brooks to challenge her in 2012. Questions arose about whether it was time for the 83-year-old Slaughter to make way for someone younger; the congresswoman had broken her leg in April at an event and earlier had missed numerous votes because of a family matter. Brooks hammered her opponent for being a “Washington insider,” but local political experts said that she failed to offer a compelling reason for replacing Slaughter. The incumbent won, 57%-43%.

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Louise Slaughter Election Results
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2012 General
Louise Slaughter (D)
Votes: 179,810
Percent: 57.41%
Maggie Brooks (R)
Votes: 133,389
Percent: 42.59%
2012 Primary
Louise Slaughter (D)
Unopposed
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (65%), 2008 (78%), 2006 (73%), 2004 (73%), 2002 (62%), 2000 (66%), 1998 (65%), 1996 (57%), 1994 (57%), 1992 (55%), 1990 (59%), 1988 (57%), 1986 (51%)
Louise Slaughter Votes and Bills
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Economic 91 (L) : - (C) 84 (L) : 16 (C) 84 (L) : 16 (C)
Social 93 (L) : - (C) - (L) : - (C) 80 (L) : - (C)
Foreign 73 (L) : 26 (C) - (L) : - (C) 88 (L) : - (C)
Composite 88.5 (L) : 11.5 (C) - (L) : - (C) 89.3 (L) : 10.7 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC100
LCV8957
CFG1115
ITIC-83
NTU1716
20112012
COC21-
ACLU-69
ACU40
ADA9560
AFSCME100-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote:
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
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