Bachelor of Science in Microbiol., University Kentucky, Lexington, 1951. Master in Public Health, University Kentucky, Lexington, 1953. Doctor (honorary), University Kentucky, 2006.
Bacteriologist Kentucky Department Health, Louisville, 1951-1952, University Kentucky, 1952-1953. Market researcher Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, 1953-1956. Member Monroe County Legislature, New York, 1976—1979.
Regional coordinator to secretary Mario Cuomo State of New York, Albany, 1976—1978, regional coordinator to lieutenant governor Mario Cuomo, 1979—1982. Member New York State Assembly, 1982—1986, United States Congress from 30th New York District, 1987—1993, United States Congress from 28th New York District, since 1993. Chair United States House Rules Committee, 2007—2011.
Delaware Democratic National Convention, 1972, 76, 80, 88, 92, 96. Member Commision on Security and Cooperative in Europe, National Center for Policy Alternatives Advisory Board, League of Women Voters, National Women's Political Caucus.
Married Robert Slaughter, 1956. Children: Megan Rae, Amy Louise, Emily Robin.