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Slaughter still top Dem on committee


The House Democratic Caucus has re-elected Rep. Louise M. Slaughter of Fairport to serve as the top Democratic member of the House Committee on Rules.

Louise Slaughter

Louise Slaughter

Slaughter was nominated by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and unanimously approved by her colleagues in the Democratic Caucus.

“Having previously served as the first chairwoman of the committee and as the ranking member for two terms, I understand the role this committee plays in setting the parameters for considering legislation and more importantly, setting the agenda for the people’s house,” Slaughter said in a release. “I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle as we seek to strengthen our economy for working families and restore the promise of the American dream.”

The Rules Committee is one of the oldest standing committees in the House, formally constituted on April 2, 1789. It functions as the gateway through which legislation reaches the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. Slaughter served as the committee’s first chairwoman from 2007 to 2011.