Jackie Walorski, Indiana Republican representative killed in a car crash
Rep. Jackie Walorski and three others, including her staff members, were killed in a car crash Wednesday afternoon according to the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office.
In an announcement on Twitter, Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader, shared a statement on Congresswoman Jackie Walorski.
“It is with a heavy heart that I am sharing this statement from the Office of Congresswoman Jackie Walorski.”
According to Sheriff, 58 year old Walorski was involved in a two-vehicle collision on Route 19 south of Route 119. A northbound vehicle crossed the centerline and collided head-on with the vehicle carrying Jackie Walorski and her staffers Zachery Potts and Emma Thomson.
The vehicle that was heading southbound, with three occupants inside, died of injuries sustained in the crash. The driver of the car that was going northbound had a lone occupant and died of her injuries at the scene.
Flags at the U.S. capitol were lowered to half-staff in honour of Walorski
The Democratic speaker of the house released a statement about Democrat Jackie Walorski, who died in office. She was remembered for representing her district and providing care for children in Romania.
Walorski was the top Republican member of the House Ethics Committee and a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.
The South Bend, Ind., native has an extensive background in journalism and academics. She served as a missionary before being elected to Congress in 2012.
In early 2021, McCarthy appointed her to the ranking Republican spot on the Ethics Committee. That committee handles investigations of lawmakers with an even number of members on the panel.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will be in charge of holding members accountable for strong ethical conduct, transparency and accountability.
Jacqueline R. Walorski, was an American politician who served as a United Sates Representative for Indiana’s 2nd congressional district from 2013 until her death in 2022, previously served in the Indiana House of Representatives representing the 21st district from 2005 to 2010. She was a member of the Republican Party.
Shortly after the death of Kelly Walorski in 2022, she was succeeded by someone else. The details on this are unknown.
Walorski announced her candidacy on January 31 to run for the 2nd Congressional seat in Indiana. She won the primary with 61% of votes against Martin Dolan, Jack Jordan, and Tony Zirkle on May 4. Walorski lost the November 2 election.
Walorski announced that she would run for Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District again. During the 2011-2013 session of the Indiana Legislature, both the House and Senate Republicans made redrawing the districts.
After redistricting, the 2nd District consisted of Walorski’s home county as well as more registered Republican voters. If the district had these lines in 2008, Obama would have won by just 0.3 points and won the old 2nd with 54% of the vote.
Donnelly decided not to seek reelection and instead ran for the U.S. Senate against two opponents, Libertarian Joseph Ruiz and Democratic challenger Brendan Mullen.
In 2012, Walorski won 73% of the primary election vote, or all 10 counties in her county.
Walorski was elected, likely because Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried her district. She took office on January 3, 2013 at the same time as Donnelly got elected to the Senate.
Walorski voted against the second impeachment of Donald Trump, and she objected to the certification of the 2020 United States presidential election.
Jackie Walorski was uncontested in her final election, winning the 2022 Republican primary in her 2nd Congressional District.