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Indiana GOP Rep. Jackie Walorski dies in car crash

The Republican Representative was killed along with two of her staffers as well as the driver of another vehicle.

FILE PHOTO: Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) speaks as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar testifies to the House Select Subcommittee on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., October 2, 2020. J. Scott Applewhite/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

Rep. Jackie Walorski has died. Police in Indiana, the state she represented, say a vehicle veered into the lane of the vehicle she was in, killing her as well as her communications chief, Emma Thomson, and one of her district directors, Zachery Potts.

“Dean Swihart, Jackie’s husband, was just informed by Elkhart County Sheriff’s office that Jackie was killed in a car accident this afternoon. She has returned home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers. We will have no further comment at this time,” read a message from the congresswoman’s office.

Walorski represented Indiana’s 2nd congressional district in the House of Representatives and served on the House Ways and Means Committee. She was the chief Republican on the subcommittee on worker and family support.

A statement released by the congresswoman’s office

“In addition to the devastating loss of Congresswoman Walorski, it is with a broken heart that I announce the passing of two dedicated members of her staff, Zach Potts and Emma Thomson. They were the epitome of public servants who cared deeply about the work they performed,” said the statement from Tim Cummings, the congresswoman’s chief of staff.


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