Top Democrat Hospitalized After Accident at Private Residence

March 14, 2018Mar 14, 2018

Louise Slaughter, a top Democrat on the House Rules Committee, has been hospitalized after suffering a concussion. According to the Hill, her office announced the news on Wednesday.

The 88-year-old representative is being treated at the George Washington University Hospital located in the nation's capital. She is currently being monitored in the aftermath of her concussion, which she got after falling last week at her residence in the nation's capital. 

According to reports, the representative didn't suffer from any fractures of broken bones and is currently improving in health after suffering from this fall. 

“She did not suffer any fractures or broken bones and is receiving excellent care from the world-class medical staff at GW hospital,” Fitzsimmons said, Slaughter's chief of staff. “The congresswoman is tough as nails and she will bring that same spirit to this recovery.”

"We appreciate the outpouring of support and the community's patience during her recuperation."

The Hill points out that this isn't the first time that Slaughter has fallen. In fact, this marks at least the second time that Slaughter has fallen and suffered injuries as a result. In 2012, for instance, Slaughter spent almost an entire month in a New York hospital after tripping on the pavement and breaking her femur. 

This lawmaker, who is now on her 16th term, launched her campaign for re-election last month. She is currently the oldest member of Congress and was elected to the House of Representatives in 1986, taking office in January 1987. She represents the 25th Congressional District, which encompasses most of Monroe County.

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Dr. James Maxwell, a neurosurgeon at St. Mary's and Rochester General Hospitals, is seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Slaughter in the November race. 

Slaughter was born in Kentucky and holds a bachelor's degree in microbiology. She also has a master's degree in public health. She has lived most of her life in Fairport, where she first entered politics in the early 1970s after she and her late husband, Bob Slaughter, launched an unsuccessful effort to keep bulldozers out of the beach and maple forest of Hart's Woods in Perinton. 

Slaughter ran a total of three times for the Monroe County Legislature before being elected in 1976. She served there until 1978. Then she was a member of the state Assembly from 1982 to 1986 before she was then elected to the House of Representatives, where she is currently serving.

She is currently in stable condition and appears to be on the path to recovery.

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