By WHAM Staff
WASHINGTON (WHAM) - Rep. Louise Slaughter, who served New York's 25th District for 31 years, has died.
Last week, the Democratic Congresswoman fell at her home in Washington, D.C. and was hospitalized at George Washington University Hospital. She was being treated for a concussion.
The Congresswoman was in her 16th term in office.
Slaughter served as the ranking member of the House Committee on Rules. She also championed women's rights, co-authoring the Violence Against Women Act that was passed in 1994 and has helped to lower rates of domestic violence in the U.S.
Slaughter was 88 years old. Her husband of 57 years, Robert, passed away in 2014.
“To have met Louise Slaughter is to have known a force of nature," said Liam Fitzsimmons, her chief of staff.
"She was a relentless advocate for Western New York whose visionary leadership brought infrastructure upgrades, technology and research investments, and two federal manufacturing institutes to Rochester that will transform the local economy for generations to come."
The Slaughter family said they are incredibly grateful for all the support during this difficult time.
Information on funeral arrangements will be provided at a later time.