GOP Rep. Jackie Walorski killed in automobile crash, sheriff says

Washington – Indiana Republican Representative Jackie Walorski was killed in a car crash Wednesday, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office said.

Sheriff Jeff Siegel said Walorski, 58, was in an SUV traveling southbound when he was hit just after 12:30 p.m. another car hit him in front. All three passengers in one of the cars — Walorski, her district director Zachery Potts, 27, and communications director Emma Thomson, 28 — died from their injuries.

According to Siegel, the only female passenger in the other northbound car involved in the crash was also killed at the scene.

The Elkhart County Coroner’s Office and Sheriff’s Office are investigating.

UNITED STATES – APRIL 3: Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., speaks during a news conference at the Capitol about legislation that would make the Department of Veterans Affairs more accountable.

Photo by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Walorski was elected to represent Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District in 2012 after serving three terms in the state House. She was the top Republican on the House Ethics Committee and served on the Ways and Means Committee.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy confirmed Walorski’s death in a tweeted statement from her office, noting that her husband, Dean Swihart, had been notified that the congresswoman had died in the collision.

“She came home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” McCarthy said. “Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.”

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