Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport, announced that she will not be attending the presidential inauguration.

Slaughter will be in Washington during Friday’s inauguration, and will attend a bipartisan Congressional lunch with the president-elect later that day.

She stated: “I take the privilege of serving as a member of Congress seriously, so this was not an easy decision. Congressman John Lewis and I came to Congress at the same time, and he has become like a brother to me. He came to Rochester late last year and visited the convent where nuns from Rochester saved his life on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. For all that he’s stood for all these years, I’m happy to stand with him.

"As tough as this decision is, I was sent to Washington to get things done, which is why I will be working with the president-elect in the years ahead to move my district and our nation forward,” Slaughter added.