Louise Slaughter

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Louise Slaughter
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U.S. House, New York, District 28
In office
January 3, 1987-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 28
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 4, 1986
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York State Assembly
Bachelor'sUniversity of Kentucky
Master'sUniversity of Kentucky
Date of birthAugust 14, 1929
Place of birthHarlan County, Kentucky
ProfessionPharmaceuticals Marketing
Office website
Campaign website
Louise McIntosh Slaughter (b. August 14, 1929) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New York. Slaughter was elected by voters from New York's 28th congressional district. Due to New York's 2012 redistricting, she is running in the newly redrawn 25th district.

Slaughter is running for re-election in 2012. Politico reports that redistricting has made her district far less favorable to Democrats.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Slaughter is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[2]


Slaughter was born in Harlan County, Kentucky. She earned a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Kentucky in 1951 and 1953 respectively.[3]


After earning her degrees, Slaughter went to work for a major chemicals manufacturer doing market research.[4] She served in the Monroe County (New York) Legislature from 1976 to 1979, as regional coordinator to then-Secretary of State Mario Cuomo from 1976 to 1978, and to then-Lt. Gov. Mario Cuomo from 1979-82. She served in the New York State Assembly from 1982 to 1986.[5]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Slaughter serves on the following committees:[6]


Political positions

Specific Votes



Slaughter was running for re-election in 2012. Due to New York's redistricting, she is running in the newly redrawn 25th district. She was unopposed in the Democratic and Working Families Party primaries and faced Maggie Brooks (R) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[8] Slaughter was re-elected.[9]

Redistricting has made Slaughter's new district less favorable to her.[1]


On November 2, 2010, Slaughter was re-elected to the United States House for a thirteenth term. She defeated Jill A. Rowland (R also running on the Conservative Party ticket).[10]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 28 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLouise Slaughter Incumbent 61% 102,514
     Republican Jill A. Rowland 33% 55,392
     Blank/Scattering 6% 10,149
Total Votes 168,055

Campaign donors


Louise Slaughter Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2012$362,752.89$205,203.98$(38,104.64)$529,816.23
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2012$688,558.16$294,021.56$(18,668.03)$963,911.69
October Quarterly[13]October 15, 2012$965,761.69$730,965.38$(1,286,018.39)$410,708.68
Running totals

On October 15, 2012, quarterly reports were submitted by campaigns to the Federal Election Commission. The political blog Daily Kos did an analysis of the fundraising figures and found Republican challenger Maggie Brooks has more cash-on-hand than Democratic incumbent Louise Slaughter in the third quarter. Brooks has $857,000 in cash-on-hand and Slaughter has $411,000 in cash-on-hand.[14]


Breakdown of the source of Slaughter's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Slaughter was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a thirteenth term. Her campaign committee raised a total of $720,705 and spent $843,659.[15]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Slaughter paid her congressional staff a total of $1,070,488 in 2011. Overall, New York ranks 28th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[16]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Slaughter's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,464,018 to $3,310,000. Averaging to a net worth of $4,774,018 which is lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[17]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Louise Slaughter voted with the Democratic Party 93.9% of the time, which ranked 60th among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[18]


Slaughter is a native of Harlan County, Kentucky, but lived most of her life in Rochester, New York's suburb of Fairport. She is married to Robert Slaughter and has three daughters and seven grandchildren.[19]

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Politico "Incumbents at risk in final N.Y. map," March 19, 2012
  2. Gov Track "Slaughter" Accessed May 23, 2012
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "SLAUGHTER, Louise McIntosh, (1929 - )"
  4. Louise Slaughter, Western New York's Progressive Spirit "About Louise"
  5. Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter, Serving the People of New York's 28th District "Biography"
  6. Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter, Serving the People of New York's 28th District "Committee Assignments"
  7. House of Representatives Committee on Rules, David Dreier, Chairman "Subcommittees of the Committee on Rules"
  8. AP/CSPAN "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 26, 2012
  9. Politico "2012 Election Map, New York"
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Louise Slaughter's April Quarterly Report," Accessed October 17, 2012
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Louise Slaughter's July Quarterly Report," Accessed October 17, 2012
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Louise Slaughter's October Quarterly Report," Accessed October 17, 2012
  14. Daily Kos "Third quarter House fundraising: who's got the cash?" October 18, 2012
  15. Open Secrets "Louise M. Slaughter 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 28, 2011
  16. LegiStorm, "Louis M. Slaughter," Accessed October 1, 2012
  17. OpenSecrets.org, "Louis M. Slaughter (D-NY), 2010," Accessed October 1, 2012
  18. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  19. Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter, Serving the People of New York's 28th District "Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
Matthew F. McHugh
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 28
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Fred J. Eckert
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 30
Succeeded by
Jack Quinn
Preceded by
New York State Assembly - District 130
Succeeded by