Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement on the passing of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, Ranking Member and Former Chairwoman of the House Rules Committee, and the Dean of the New York House Delegation:
“I am absolutely heartbroken at the passing of my dear friend and colleague, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. For 30 years, Louise poured every ounce of energy she had into serving her district and her constituents in upstate New York. She never hesitated to speak her mind, and she never wavered in espousing her beliefs. I will always be grateful for the time that I had to serve alongside her.
“Louise was one of my dearest friends in Congress, and I am overcome with sadness by this tragic news. Her legacy speaks for itself. She was not just a champion of women’s rights; she was the champion of working families everywhere. Today, we have lost one of our fiercest public servants, and her absence will leave an unfillable void.
“I offer my deepest condolences to Louise’s daughters, her family, her friends, her district, and her Congressional staff during this extremely difficult time.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.