01/16/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

NY Congresswoman Endorses Caroline Kennedy's Bid For Senate

Fairport, NY: Caroline Kennedy called Rep. Louise McIntosh Slaughter, in New York State's Monroe County, to discuss her intentions to run for the U.S. Senate soon to be vacated by Sen. Hillary Clinton -- and Rep. Slaughter has just officially endorsed Kennedy's bid for that senate seat.

She announced: "I am pleased to endorse Caroline Kennedy for the United States Senate. She has spent her whole life fighting for what she believes in. She is a champion of public education, a lawyer, and an accomplished author."

Rep. Slaughter believes Kennedy can learn about the issues of upstate New York, just as Hillary Clinton did during her term as the junior senator from New York.

"Our nation is facing extraordinary difficulties," she continued. "Caroline Kennedy understands the stakes have never been higher, for our state, and our nation. We need our next senator to have the skills and the stature to help bring about the change we need."

Rep. Slaughter was first elected in 1986 and last month she was re-elected to a 12th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is married with three children and seven grandchildren. In 2004, NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice organization, awarded her a Certificate of Honor for consistently voting on behalf of social and economic justice.