Rep. Louise Slaughter
Louise Slaughter has represented New York's 28th Congressional District since 1986. She began her political career as a member of the Monroe County (NY) legislature and as regional coordinator to then-Secretary of State Mario Cuomo. She was subsequently elected to the New York State Assembly, serving from 1982 to 1986. Slaughter, the only microbiologist in Congress, earned her B.S. and Master of Science degrees from the University of Kentucky. As a member of the House of Representatives Slaughter chairs the Congressional Arts Caucus and the Bipartisan Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, which she co-founded; from 2007 to 2011 she served as chair of the House Committee on Rules, the first woman to hold that position. Slaughter left her native Kentucky for the Rochester area in the 1970s.