Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., a glass-ceiling-shattering leader in Congress, died Friday at age 88, while serving her 16th term in the House of Representatives, her chief of staff said in a statement. She was surrounded by family at George Washington University Hospital at the time of her death, after sustaining an injury at her Washington, D.C., home last week.
In an earlier statement, chief of staff Liam Fitzsimmons said Slaughter had fallen and was being treated for a concussion. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi called Slaughter a "trailblazer," adding, "It was my great privilege to serve with her and to benefit from her friendship and wise counsel for 30 years. Her loss will be deeply felt."
Slaughter's three decades in Congress saw her rise to become the first chairwoman of the powerful House Committee on Rules, a position she held from 2007-2011.