Louise Slaughter passed away today at the age of 88. She was a remarkable woman, a fighter, and a force of nature. As the first woman to chair the Rules Committee (one of two most important committees in the House), she also made history.
Many people in Rochester can’t imagine politics here without Louise’s presence, and there here will be many obituaries written about her to celebrate an interesting life well-led.
One thing that most of her tributes probably won’t mention is that she was the opposite of a greedy politician. She raised very little money in her campaigns. She didn’t have a PAC, and a review of her spending reports showed that she didn’t use her money to influence other candidates. Her main concern was representing her constituents, both in Congress and in field offices. In today’s political environment, that’s worth noting.