The Elkhart County Sheriff’s workplace confirmed she was considered one of 4 victims in a automotive crash this afternoon. Her communications director Emma Thomson and the St. Joseph County Republican Chair Zachery Potts had been additionally killed.
Thomson, 28, was a Washington, D.C. resident and Potts, 27, lived in Mishawaka, Indiana.
Walorski, 58, and her two aides had been driving southbound in Elkhart County, Indiana when a northbound car crossed over the road and collided with their car head-on. The motive force of the northbound automotive, Edith Schmucker, 56, was additionally killed.
Republican Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, from Indiana, died in a automotive crash Wednesday
Thomson, 28, Walorski’s communications director, was additionally killed within the crash
Zachary Potts, 27, chairman of the St. Joseph County Republican Get together, was killed within the crash
The collision occurred round 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday
Walorski and her staffers’ southbound car collided with a northbound car that veered into their lane
Walorski is the fifth Home member to die whereas in workplace this 12 months and the third Republican – after Reps. Don Younger, Alaska, and Jim Hagedorn, Minn.
Walorski’s workplace put out an announcement after the crash: ‘Dean Swihart, Jackie’s husband, was simply knowledgeable by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s workplace that Jackie was killed in a automotive crash this afternoon. She has returned to be together with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Please maintain her household in your ideas and prayers. We can have no additional remark right now.’
Walorski had represented Indiana’s 2nd district since 2013 and was the very best rating Republican on the Home Ethics Committee. Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered flags on the Capitol to be flown at half workers to commemorate Walorski.
Walorski began off her profession as a TV information reporter and she or he and her husband spent 4 years as missionaries in Romania, the place they began a basis to supply meals and medical provides to impoverished youth. She additionally spent 5 years within the Indiana state home.
GOP Chief Kevin McCarthy mentioned in an announcement after the crash: ‘This information is totally devastating. Jackie was a pricey pal, trusted advisor, and the embodiment of integrity.’
‘When there was a emptiness for Republican chief of the Ethics Committee, she was my first name. Everybody who knew Jackie is aware of she was powerful, however truthful – a no nonsense, straight shooter.’
‘@KarenPence and I are heartbroken by the tragic passing of our pricey pal Rep. Jackie Walorski. She served Indiana within the Statehouse and the Congress with integrity and precept for almost 20 years and might be deeply missed,’ former Vice President Mike Pence tweeted.
‘My coronary heart is heavy, and i haven’t got the phrases. However all I can say is prayers for her household. She was a superb and honorable public servant,’ Rep. Adam Kinzinger wrote on Twitter.
‘I am shocked and saddened to listen to of the tragic dying of Congresswoman Jackie Walorski. My ideas and prayers are together with her household and the opposite victims of this horrible crash,’ Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg tweeted after the crash.
Walorski, 58, and her two aides had been driving southbound in Elkhart County, Indiana when a northbound car crossed over the road and collided with their car head-on
Walorski is pictured together with her husband Dean and their canine
Thomson, a local of Johnstown, Pa., had beforehand labored as a communications director for Reps. John Joyce, R-Pa., and Michael Burgess, R-Texas, and as a marketing campaign supervisor for Joyce.
Potts, along with chairing the St. Joseph GOP, labored a district director for Walorski. He graduated from Indiana College in 2017.