Post Office will be named for Louise and Bob Slaughter in Fairport

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 August 2023 at 8:47 am

U.S. Rep. Slaughter’s district included part of Orleans County from 2002 to 2012

Louise Slaughter

FAIRPORT – The U.S. Postal Service on Monday will dedicate the Post Office in Fairport in honor of the late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and her husband Bob.

The dedication ceremony will be at 12:30 p.m. at the Fairport Post Office, 770 Ayrault Rd. The Slaughters made Fairport their home for more than 50 years.

Slaughter served in Congress for more than 30 years, representing the Rochester area. For 10 years, from 2002 to 2012, redistricting put three Orleans County towns – Yates, Carlton and Kendall, in a district that stretched from part of Rochester to Buffalo, going along the shoreline.

Mr. Slaughter died in 2014, and Mrs. Slaughter in 2018. Mr. Slaughter often was at his wife’s side while she was doing her job and making stops in her congressional district.

“Bob was Louise’s rock and her most prized supporter,” according to a news release from the Postal Service. “He served in the U.S. Air Force and worked for both Eastman Kodak and the American Can Company.  A loving husband, father, and grandfather whose smile was unprecedented.”

Louise earned a master’s degree in public health from the University of Kentucky, and embarked on an unprecedented life in American politics, the Postal Service stated.

“With concerns of local political and community issues, Louise would eventually seek public office and win election to the Monroe County Legislature in 1975,” the Postal Service stated. “She would go on to serve on the NYS Assembly and then be elected to Congress in 1986.  Representative Slaughter won re-election to 16 consecutive terms, honorably serving western New York for over 30 years.”

 She was a founding member of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus and established the Office of Research on Women’s Health. She was the first woman to serve as Chair of the House Committee on Rules.