Louise Slaughter

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Louise Slaughter currently serves the 28th Congressional district of New York

Louise McIntosh Slaughter is a Democrat politician in the United States House of Representatives. She has represented New York's 28th Congressional District (map), which is based in Rochester and Buffalo and includes parts of Erie, Monroe, Niagara and Orleans Counties, since 1987.

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Slaughter voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Support for gun control

Slaughter cosponsored H.R. 1022 (Assault Weapons Ban Reauthorization) on March 13, 2007.[2]

Main article: U.S. gun legislation

Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act

Slaughter sponsored the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, which would make it illegal for health insurers to deny coverage or charge a higher rate or premium to an otherwise healthy individual found to have a potential genetic condition or genetic predisposition towards a disease or disorder. GINA also makes it illegal for employers to use an employee's genetic information when making hiring, firing, placement, or promotion decisions.

Main article: Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act

Honest Leadership and Open Government Act

In 2006, when Republicans brought their ethics reform bill, the Lobbying Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 to the floor, Rep. Slaughter offered a motion to recommit with instructions to strike the text of the bill and replace it with the text of the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act, the Democrat's own ethics package. The motion to recommit failed by three votes after four Democrats defected to the Republican side.

Main article: Prospects for Ethics Reform in the 110th Congress



A true-life coal miner's daughter and descendant of Daniel Boone, Louise McIntosh was born on August 14, 1929 in Lynch, Kentucky.

After graduating from high school, Slaughter enrolled at the University of Kentucky in Lexington where she studied microbiology and eventually earned a Masters Degree in public health. After graduate school, Louise went to work for a major chemicals manufacturer doing market research.

One and half terms into her service on the Monroe County Legislature, she accepted an offer from then-New York Secretary of State Mario Cuomo to serve as his regional coordinator in the Rochester area. When Cuomo was elected lieutenant governor, Slaughter stayed on as his Rochester regional coordinator.

Congressional Career

In 1982, local Democrats approached Louise with a desire to see her run for the State Assembly. She won the election. Criminal justice, women's health and environmental legislation dominated Louise's work in the State Legislature and in 1986 she set her eyes on representing Western New York in Congress.

At the time, the 30th district included downtown and eastern Rochester. Moderate Republican Barber Conable had represented the district for 20 years before giving way in 1985 to a considerably more conservative Republican, Fred J. Eckert. Slaughter was able to peel off enough moderate Republican support to win a one-point victory in the 1986 midterm election. Slaughter was the first Democrat to represent the 30th District since 1910, as well as the first Democrat ever elected to a full term from the 30th since its creation in 1893 (it had been renumbered several times in the previous century) and the first woman elected to Congress in her own right from Western New York. She has never faced another election nearly that close, always winning with at least 55 percent of the vote as the Republicans drifted too far to the right for the tastes of many Rochester residents. Redistricting after the 1990 census made her district (which was renumbered the 28th) much more Democratic, as it now included all of Rochester. After the 2000 census, much of her district was merged with the Buffalo-based 29th District of fellow Democrat John LaFalce. While the district contained more of LaFalce's territory, he opted to retire, all but assuring Slaughter of reelection in 2002. She won a 10th term in 2004 with 72 percent of the vote.

Positions and Views

She is a frequent poster at the [Daily Kos], a Democratic-oriented blog--one of several Democratic congressmen and senators who post there.

In early March of 2005, she unveiled a Congressional report detailing the unprecedented erosion of the legislative process in the last decade. This report is just one component of Slaughter's ongoing effort to combat what she and many Democrats see as an erosion of integrity during a decade of Republican control.

For more than a decade Slaughter has been a vocal advocate of accountability in the media, working to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine, which required broadcasters to provide balanced, truthful coverage on important local and political issues. In early 2005, she authored the Fairness and Accountability in Broadcasting Act, or FAB Act, which would reinstate the Fairness Doctrine in an attempt to restore integrity and balance to the media.

In Congress, she has introduced legislation to study the effects of international trade agreements like NAFTA on American jobs. To help local employers, she regularly holds conferences to help businesses access capital and federal contracting opportunities.

She has authored cutting-edge legislation to protect Americans from discrimination by health insurance providers and employers based on genetic makeup.

Slaughter co-authored the historic Violence Against Women Act in 1994 and wrote legislation to make permanent the Department of Justice's Violence Against Women Office. She is leading the fight against sexual assault in the military, and organized a hearing on the issue in March 2004 that garnered national attention.

Slaughter has won historic increases in funding for women's health. As a member of the House Budget Committee in the early 1990s, she secured the first $500 million earmarked by Congress for breast cancer research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She fought for legislation guaranteeing that women and minorities are included in all federal health trials and establishing an Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) at NIH.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated John E. Donnelly to face Slaughter in her November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Slaughter retained his seat.

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Louise Slaughter
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

  • House Committee on Rules - Ranking Member
    • Subcommittee on the Legislative and Budget Process
    • Subcommittee on Rules and Organization of the House

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • At-Large Democratic Whip
  • Congressional Ad Hoc Steering Committee on Telehealth
  • Congressional Advisory Committee on Lyme Disease
  • Congressional Afterschool Caucus
  • Congressional Air Force Caucus
  • Co-Chair, Congressional Arts Caucus
  • Congressional Automotive Caucus
  • Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus
  • Co-Chair, Congressional Bi-Partisan Pro-Choice Caucus
  • Congressional Cancer Awareness Working Group
  • Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans
  • Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues
  • Congressional Economic Competitiveness Caucus
  • Congressional Financial Literacy Caucus
  • Congressional Fire Services Caucus
  • Co-Chair, Congressional Future of American Media Caucus
  • Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
  • Congressional Hellenic Caucus
  • Congressional Human Rights Caucus
  • Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
  • Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus
  • Congressional Medical Technology Caucus
  • Congressional Minor League Baseball Caucus
  • Congressional Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus
  • Congressional Northeast Agricultural Caucus
  • Congressional Older Americans Caucus
  • Congressional Prevention Coalition
  • Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus
  • Congressional Research and Development Caucus
  • Congressional Task Force on International HIV/AIDS
  • Congressional Task Force on Organ and Tissue Donation
  • Congressional Task Force on Tobacco and Health
  • Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
  • Congressional Ukrainian Caucus

Boards and other Affiliations

  • Board Member, Einstein Institute

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Louise Slaughter. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
2469 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-3615
Fax: 202-225-7822
Web Email

District Office - Buffalo:
465 Main Street, Suite 105
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: 716-853-5813
Fax: 716-853-6347

District Office - Niagara Falls:
1910 Pine Avenue
Niagara Falls, NY 14301
Phone: 716-282-1274
Fax: 716-282-2479

District Office - Rochester:
3120 Federal Building
100 State Street
Rochester, NY 14614
Phone: 585-232-4850
Fax: 585-232-1954

Articles and Resources


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Thomas page on H.R. 1022



Articles by Louise M. Slaughter

Local blogs and discussion sites

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Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
Leadership Position:
Committees Chaired:
House Committee on Rules
Ranking Member On:

Congressional Afterschool Caucus, Congressional Air Force Caucus, Congressional Arts Caucus, Congressional Automotive Caucus, Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus, Congressional Bi-Partisan Pro-Choice Caucus, Congressional Cancer Awareness Working Group, Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, Congressional Caucus for Women's Issue, Congressional Economic Competitiveness Caucus, Congressional Financial Literacy Caucus, Congressional Fire Services Caucus, Congressional Future of American Media Caucus, Congressional Hellenic Caucus, Congressional Human Rights Caucus, Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus, Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus, Congressional Medical Technology Caucus, Congressional Minor League Baseball Caucus, Congressional Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus, Congressional Northeast Agricultural Caucus, Congressional Older Americans Caucus, Congressional Prevention Coalition, Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, Congressional Research and Development Caucus, Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus, Congressional Ukrainian Caucus
Committees: House Committee on Rules
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 4, 1986
First Took Current Office:
January 6, 1987
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
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Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
New York State Assembly
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District Offices:
1. 465 Main Street, Suite 105 Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: 716-853-5813 / Fax: 716-853-6347
2. 1910 Pine Avenue Niagara Falls, NY 14301
Phone: 716-282-1274 / Fax: 716-282-2479
3. 3120 Federal Building 100 State Street Rochester, NY 14614
Phone: 585-232-4850 / Fax: 585-232-1954

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Date of Birth: August 14, 1929