Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY-25) is up for reelection for the 25th District of New York. Congresswoman Slaughter is one of the longest serving leaders in Congress. As the first female representative from Western New York, she has long advocated for women’s and LGBTQIA rights. Her tireless work in Congress has earned her positions as the first woman Chair of the House Committee on Rules and the ranking member of the committee. Slaughter is facing a Republican challenger.
Background and Achievements
Louise Slaughter is a graduate of University of Kentucky with a M.S in Microbiology, and a Master of Science degree in Public Health. She was elected to Congress in 1987 and has served continuously since then. Slaughter co-authored the Violence Against Women Act and fought for legislation that created the Office of Research on Women’s Health. A long-standing advocate for women’s reproductive health, Slaughter was the founder of the House Pro-Choice Caucus and remains it co-chair. Additionally, she serves as the Democratic leader in the influential House Committee on Rules. Championing a progressive agenda, Slaughter has helped pass crucial legislation, including the Affordable Care Act, the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and bills to stop anti-women’s rights legislation when her party is in the minority. As demonstrated by her efforts in Congress, Slaughter leads the fight for women’s rights and equality. Representing Rochester, the hometown of Susan B. Anthony, she feels a special responsibility to advance the status of women. Slaughter is considered one of the top health care authorities in Congress and is the only microbiologist in Congress.
Positions on Key Issues
- Fought for reproductive rights as House leader
- Rated 100% by NARAL, PPFA, NOW, Feminist Majority
- Serves as a leader for women’s rights and LGBTQIA rights
- Advocates for paid parental leave
- Strongly supports gun control
- Concerned with the overuse of antibiotics in food production
- Works to ensure equal access to quality education for all Americans
- Protects the environment and the advancement of green technology
- Champions comprehensive immigration reform
- Fights for public health and wellness programs
Prospects & Opponents
Slaughter is running against conservative Mark Assini for the second election cycle
in a row. She narrowly won last election over Assini. This rematch is expected to be a close race as well.