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New York congresswoman Louise Slaughter dead at 88

New York Rep. Louise Slaughter (D) has died after being hospitalized with a concussion earlier this week following a fall at her home in Washington, D.C., her office confirmed Friday. The Rochester-based Democrat & Chronicle first reported the news.

Slaughter was the oldest member of the House of Representatives, at 88, and one of the longest-serving members as well as the ranking member of the House Rules Committee. She had planned to run for re-election this fall, for what would have been her 17th term.

"This is stunning news," tweeted Politico reporter Jake Sherman. "Louise Slaughter was one of the sharpest, funniest, and nicest women in Congress."