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Who Was Jackie Walorski? Indiana GOP rep killed in car crash

Jackie Walorski, a 58-year-old Republican representative from Indiana, died Wednesday in a car accident along with two other members of her team.

CBS says Jackie Walorski and her team were driving in an SUV around 12:30 p.m. when they collided with another car. Walorski died along with Emma Thomson, 28, who was in charge of communications, and Zachary Potts, 27, who was in charge of the district. The person driving the other car also died at the scene of the accident.

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Kevin McCarthy, leader of the Minority Party in the House of Representatives, spoke of Walorski’s sad death in an official statement.

“The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office just notified Jackie’s husband, Dean Swihart, that she died in a car accident this afternoon.”
He went on:

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“She has returned home to be with Jesus Christ, who is her Lord and Savior. Please think of her family and pray for them. We will say no more at this time.”

Jackie Walorski began working in politics in 2004 after four years working as a television reporter for WSBT-TV and as the director of a Christian charity in Romania. When she returned to the United States, she ran for the Indiana House of Representatives. She won and began a long career in the Republican Party.

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During her time as MP, Walorski was known for passing laws that required voters to identify themselves at elections and laws that made it more difficult for people to steal other people’s identities. She was also one of several Republicans who voted against impeaching Donald Trump in 2021.

Todd Young, an Indiana senator, wrote a tweet about how sad he was about Walorski’s death.

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“She served Indiana with honesty and integrity in the state Legislature and Congress for nearly 20 years, and she will be greatly missed.”

NPR said Walorski’s last election was the Republican primary in the 2nd congressional district, which she won in 2022.

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“She served Indiana with honesty and integrity in the state Legislature and Congress for nearly 20 years, and she will be greatly missed.”
In an official statement, President Joe Biden called her a hard-working politician and said that while he was a Democrat, he knew this was true.