Sadness and pride were felt Tuesday night, as members of Congress remembered representative Louise Slaughter on the floor of the house.
They were honoring her ahead of a memorial scheduled in D.C. Wednesday.
“It’s with deep sadness that I rise to celebrate the extraordinary life of our great friend, colleague, mentor and much respected Congresswoman Louise Slaughter,” congressman Paul Tonko said.
Congresswoman Nita Lowey with the 17 district of New York spoke as well Tuesday.
“I’ll never forget when Louise and I, still just junior congresswomen at the time, charged up the steps of the U.S. Senate,” she said.
Congressman Eliot Engel, a U.S. Representative for New York’s 16 congressional district,remembered Louise and her sense of humor.
“She would always have a quip or a little thing to say that would make you laugh.”
Many discussed her southern roots, mixed with her New York way of doing things. Slaughter was from Kentucky, but called Fairport home.
“She was a lady, but I’ll tell you something, you would feel the wrath of Louise Slaughter if you went the other way on her,” California congresswoman Anna Eshoo said.
Slaughter, a democrat, was deeply respected by both sides of the aisle, whether they agreed with the causes she was championing or not.
And all agreed Tuesday night, she is deeply missed.
“Rest peacefully my friend, we all love you,” congressman Engel said.