Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., and two of her associates were killed in a car accident Wednesday, authorities said. Walorski was 58.
House minority leader Kevin McCarthy first confirmed Walorski’s death in a tweet Wednesday earlier.
McCarthy said Walorski’s husband, Dean Swihart, was notified of her death by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday afternoon.
Walorski District Director Zachery Potts and her communications director Emma Thompson also died in the accident. Her death was confirmed by the sheriff’s office a Facebook post.
“Devastated to hear the devastating news of the death of Jackie Walorski and her two associates,” said Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La. tweeted. “She was a dear friend who loved serving the Indiana people in Congress.”
Walorski, a former Indiana state congressman, was first elected to Congress in 2012 and is running for her sixth term this fall. She was well-liked by her Republican and Democratic peers in the House of Representatives, where she was close to McCarthy and his leadership team.
McCarthy named her the top Republican on the House Ethics Committee, and she would become chair of the bipartisan committee if Republicans won a majority in November.
Many of her colleagues in the Indiana delegation also tweeted their condolences shortly after the announcement of her death.
“I’m really devastated. Jackie loved Hoosiers and devoted her life to fighting for them,” tweeted Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., who served with Walorski in the House of Representatives. “I will never forget her spirit, positivity and most importantly her friendship.”
“My heart is heavy with the news from north Indiana. Jackie was a true friend and an incredible colleague.” tweeted Rep. Jim Baird, R-Ind. “The Hoosiers have lost a champion and a dedicated official.”
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