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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter Passes Away

Rep. Louise Slaughter, 2014 / Getty Images

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D., N.Y.) passed away early Friday morning at the age of 88.

Slaughter was recently hospitalized after she suffered a head injury from a fall, according to the Democrat and Chronicle. She was admitted to the George Washington University Hospital with a concussion.

Chief of staff Liam Fitzsimmons reflected on the "force of nature" that was the congresswoman.

"To have met Louise Slaughter is to have known a force of nature," Fitzsimmons said. "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."

Funeral arrangements will be provided once they are available, Fitzsimmons added.

The congresswoman was the oldest member of the House of Representatives and was one of the longest serving members. Slaughter was first elected in 1986 and planned on running for a a 17th term.

Dorothy Louise McIntosh Slaughter was born Aug. 14, 1929, in Lynch, Kentucky. She and her late husband Robert Slaughter had four daughters and seven grandchildren.