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Congresswoman Louise McIntosh Slaughter is serving her eighth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the 28th Congressional District of New York State. Her district includes the city of Rochester and most of its Monroe County suburbs. Described as "one of the most powerful women in Congress," Congresswoman Slaughter sits on the influential House Rules Committee and its Subcommittee on Rules and Organization of the House. She is Vice-Chairwoman of the Research Committee of the Democratic leadership and serves as whip-at-large.

In her 14 years in the House, Congresswoman Slaughter has earned a reputation as a strong proponent of progressive causes, as well as a hard worker for local interests, especially the economic and employment concerns of her district. She has been noted in her district for "her strong constituent service."

On top of her success in ensuring low-cost carrier JetBlue's arrival in Rochester, New York, Rep. Slaughter has emerged as a national spokesperson for communities adversely impacted by high air fares. In the 106th Congress, she led the effort to address the issue, championing legislation that would encourage airline competition and crack down on anti-competitive practices. A strong promoter of small businesses, Congresswoman Slaughter regularly holds conferences to help them obtain capital and federal contracts.

She is dedicated to enhancing Rochester's business climate and improving its infrastructure, remaining actively involved in projects for which she has secured federal funds, including High Technology of Rochester's business incubator, the Rochester Harbor wave-surge barrier, the Center for Optics Manufacturing, Rochester Institute of Technology's Centers for Integrated Manufacturing Studies and Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery, and the University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics.

She regularly goes to bat for such large companies as Kodak, Xerox, Bausch and Lomb, GRS, Gleason's, Hickey-Freeman and Harris/RF Communications and such smaller companies as Pal Plastics, Dimension Technologies, Terry Bicycles and Newtex Industries. She was responsible for the enactment of permanent tax incentives for the creation of new jobs in small and mid-size manufacturing firms.

Realizing that the quality of the workforce is strongly tied to the education and well-being of our children, she introduced a measure in the 106th Congress that would increase the availability and affordability of quality before and after-school child care for working families. It emphasized academics, artistic pursuits and juvenile crime prevention.

In January 1999, she was named "Lay Educator of the Year" by the Rochester Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa International, the professional fraternity for men and women in education.

A microbiologist with a master's degree in public health, she is intensely involved in health issues, especially those affecting women. She is the author of widely supported legislation that would protect consumers from discrimination by health insurance providers based on their genetic makeup . The bill also would protect the privacy of consumers' genetic information.

She also has won historic increases in funding for women's health. She fought for legislation guaranteeing that women and minorities are included in all federal health trials and establishes an Office of Research on Women's Health at the National Institutes of Health. She has introduced a bill to direct the National Institutes of Health to fund up to six centers nationwide that would focus on women's health and the environment.

Concerned about the high incidence of colorectal cancer among Americans, especially minorities, and the mistaken notion that colorectal cancer is primarily a "man's disease," Congresswoman Slaughter launched a nationwide education and prevention campaign to wage war on this number two cancer killer. She introduced legislation that would require health insurance companies to cover preventive screening for colorectal cancer for all men and women over the age of 50, and for individuals under the age of 50 at high risk for the disease.

She is responsible for passage of legislation that established the first federal research and education programs on DES, a drug prescribed to pregnant women from 1938 to 1971 in the mistaken notion that it would prevent miscarriage. DES often caused deformities and other health problems in the reproductive systems of their children.

Congresswoman Slaughter has fought hard against government waste. Most recently, she has introduced legislation to cut back on waste and fraud in the Medicare program, targeting abuses in durable medical equipment (e.g., catheters, wheelchairs, ostomy supplies and walkers).

In an effort to reduce crime and promote justice at home and abroad, Congresswoman Slaughter led the way on a bipartisan bill to reduce the global trafficking in women and girls for the purpose of sexual and other forms of exploitation. And she authored a bill to allow American Holocaust survivors to seek monetary reparations from Germany for their losses and suffering.

A leading advocate of women's rights, the Congresswoman passed legislation to establish a Women's Rights National Historic Trail that begins with a route between Boston and Buffalo, N.Y., focusing initially on the New York segment of Rochester to Auburn.

Congresswoman Slaughter is a commissioner on the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. That body, also known as the Helsinki Commission, is the American delegation to the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe. This international human rights organization promotes security and cooperation among European nations and monitors compliance with the Helsinki Accords. Slaughter is one of two women commissioners on the 21-member U.S. delegation.

In January 1998, the Congresswoman received the Award for Outstanding Congressional Arts Leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives from the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Americans for the Arts. She is currently co-chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus.

In March 1998, she was presented the International Health Awareness Network Recognition Award for her lifelong commitment to women's equality at an International Women's Day Celebration at the United Nations.

Congresswoman Slaughter vice chairs the Congressional Caucus on Women's Issues and chairs the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus.

She is also a member of the Congressional Task Force on Tobacco and Health, the Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus, the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, the Congressional Coalition on Population and Development, the Congressional Task Force on International HIV/AIDS, the House Cancer Awareness Working Group, the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus, the Congressional Ad Hoc Steering Committee on Telehealth, the Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition, the Medical Technology Caucus, the Congressional Task Force on Organ and Tissue Donation, the Older Americans Caucus, the Northeast Agriculture Caucus, the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus, the Congressional Advisory Committee on Lyme Disease, the Congressional Prevention Coalition and the Trade Working Group. Finally, she is a board member of the Einstein Institute, which educates judges on genetics issues in the courtroom.

Elected in 1986, Congresswoman Slaughter has a Bachelor of Science degree (1951) in microbiology and a Master of Science degree (1953) in public health from the University of Kentucky. Prior to entering Congress, she served in the Monroe County (N.Y.) Legislature (1976-79); as regional coordinator to then Secretary of State Mario Cuomo (1976-78) and to then Lt. Gov. Mario Cuomo (1979-82); and in the New York Assembly (1982-86). She was named House Legislator of the Year by the Vietnam Veterans of America in 1992.

A native of Harlan County, Kentucky, Congresswoman Slaughter has lived most of her life in Rochester's suburb of Fairport. She is married to Robert Slaughter and has three daughters and six grandchildren.


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