Congresswoman Louise Slaughter is recovering after a fall that broke her leg.
The representative's office released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying that Slaughter fell and broke her leg while on her way to an event honoring women leaders in public service in New York City.
As a result, Slaughter will not attend the signing ceremony Wednesday for the STOCK Act, the ethics reform bill she wrote to curb insider trading in Congress.
At the age of 82, Slaughter is gearing up for another re-election campaign; this time against Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks.
Joe Morelle, Monroe County's Democratic chair, says he does not see age becoming a campaign issue.
"I mean, people of all ages get to serve in public service and Louise has a long and distinguished record. That shouldn't be the issue. The issue ought to be who has the values that align most with the people in our community and who can do the best job of representing us in Congress," said Morelle.
Doctors anticipate Slaughter will be back at work when the House reconvenes April 16th.
Louise Slaughter currently represents the 28th District, stretching from Rochester to Buffalo.
Statement from the Office of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter
“While in New York City for an event honoring women leaders in public service, Congresswoman Slaughter accidentally fell and broke her leg. She’s in good spirits and her doctors anticipate she will be back at work when the House reconvenes on April 16. She is very disappointed that she’ll be unable to attend the signing ceremony for the STOCK Act, the groundbreaking Congressional ethics reform legislation that she authored and fought for over the past six years. The Congresswoman looks forward to getting back on her feet and continuing her fight for the hard working families of Western New York through November and into her next term.”