Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY)

Congressional Arts Leadership
1998

Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter is serving her sixth term in the United States House of Representatives, representing the 28th Congressional District of New York, including the Rochester area. One of four Democrats to serve on the influential House Rules Committee, she has been called "one of the most powerful women in Cogress." In her 11 years in the House, Rep. Slaughter has made profound contributions on a wide range of issues, including education, health care, economic development - and the arts. During a time of considerable debate over the role of federal funding for the Arts, Rep. Slaughter founded the bipartisan Congressional Membership Organization for the Arts, a unifying effort that includes 116 Members of Congress. As its Chairwoman, she has led her colleagues in a successful effort to preserve funding for the federal cultural agencies, boosting visibility for the issues through Capitol Hill events, Congressional letter-writing campaigns, press conferences, supportive testimony before key Congressional committees, floor speeches and much more.

Rep. Slaughter also served as Chairwoman of the former Congressional Arts Caucus. As she has stated many times, she is a firm believer in "the power of the arts to transcend our differences, transport our imaginations and teach our children." Her longtime passion and energy for the arts and arts education are also reflected in her dedication to the people she serves, and when it comes to Congressional debate, she is an eloquent advocate who never lets an unfounded allegation go unanswered. A native of Kentucky, Rep. Slaughter has spent most of her life in Rochester. She is married to Robert Slaughter, and has three daughters and four grandchildren.