Louise Slaughter

Jim McGovern Most Likely to Take Over for Slaughter on Rules Panel
Massachusetts Democrat to serve acting ranking member until Pelosi names successor

Ranking member Louise Slaughter and Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern confer before a House Rules hearing in the Capitol in July 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After House Rules ranking member Louise Slaughter’s death, Rep. Jim McGovern will take over her committee post in an acting capacity, and remains the most likely candidate to succeed her. 

The Massachusetts Democrat was the second-highest-ranking Democrat on Rules behind Slaughter. McGovern’s seniority grants him the opportunity to serve as acting ranking member in her absence, as he did this week while she was in the hospital for a concussion. Slaughter, 88, the first woman to head the Rules panel, died Friday

Rep. Louise Slaughter At Hospital Being Treated For a Concussion After Fall
Rules Committee ranking member did not suffer any fractures or broken bones, chief of staff says

Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., is in the hospital. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Louise Slaughter, ranking member of the House Rules Committee, is in the hospital being treated for a concussion after falling at her Washington residence last week.

“Congresswoman Slaughter fell at her Washington, D.C. residence last week and was taken to George Washington University Hospital to receive treatment and monitoring for a concussion,” Slaughter’s chief of staff Liam Fitzsimmons said in a statement first provided to Roll Call. “She did not suffer any fractures or broken bones and is receiving excellent care from the world-class medical staff at GW hospital.”

Slaughter Challenger Facing Criticism for Homophobic Remarks
Called LGBT people 'deviants, sexually disturbed'

Rep. Louis Slaughter's opponent Mark Assini made a series of inflammatory remarks about the LGBT community. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

New York Republican congressional candidate Mark Assini is facing heavy criticism for blog posts he made in the past that included derogatory comments about the LGBT community.

Assini, who is challenging Rep. Louise Slaughter, made the comments between 2005 and 2009 on the website Writers on the Loose.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of the Rules Committee

Sessions likes to thank the committee's "awesome stenographers." (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

HOH pays tribute to the House Rules Committee and its proclivity for tangents, broken microphones and heaping praise on its “awesome stenographers.”

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Sept. 28, 2015 (Video)

Lawmakers prepped for Hurricane Joaquin by breaking out selfie sticks, creating “slush funds” and laughing at drivers stuck in traffic.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Sept. 7, 2015 (Video)

Lawmakers returned from a monthlong recess ready to ask Siri for advice, recite movie lines and pay tribute to their favorite Mexican restaurant.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of July 27, 2015 (Video)

Members wrapped up the last week in July with rhetorical questions, pipe smoke and empty toothpaste tubes.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of July 6, 2015 (Video)

Members returned from an 11-day recess to reflect on airplanes, reclaim their time and ask rhetorical questions about sheep diets.