Indiana Rep. Jackie Walorski and two staffers have been killed in a automobile crash

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) and two of her staffers were killed in a car crash Wednesday, officials said. Walorski was 58 years old.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy first confirmed Walorski’s death in a in a tweet earlier on Wednesday.

McCarthy said he spoke with Walorski’s husband, Dean Swihart, who was notified of her death Wednesday afternoon by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office.

“This news is absolutely devastating,” McCarthy said in a statement. “Jackie was a dear friend, a trusted adviser and the epitome of integrity, admired and respected by all her colleagues in the House.

The two-car crash also killed Walorski’s district director, Zachery Potts, 27, and her director of communications, Emma Thomson, 28. Their deaths were confirmed by the sheriff’s office Facebook post. “A northbound passenger vehicle traveled left of center and collided with Walorski’s vehicle,” the sheriff’s office wrote. The driver of that car was also killed.

“Devastated to hear the horrific news of the deaths of Jackie Walorski and two of her staff,” Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La. in a tweet. “She was a dear friend who loved serving the people of Indiana in Congress.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was traveling in Asia, ordered Capitol flags to be flown at half-mast in honor of Walorski and her staff, her representative. said.

“A lifelong Hoosier, Congresswoman Walorski has lived a life of service: caring for underprivileged children in Romania, representing her community in the Indiana State House, or serving in the House of Representatives for nearly a decade,” Pelosi said in a statement. “She delivered the votes passionately. her northern Indiana constituents to Congress, and colleagues on both sides of the aisle admired her for her personal kindness.

A former Indiana state legislator, Walorski was first elected to Congress in 2012. and ran for a sixth term this fall. She was well-liked by her fellow Republicans and Democrats 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 if Republicans win a majority in November, she should be the chairwoman of the bipartisan committee.

“When the Republican leadership position on the Ethics Committee came up, she was my first call,” McCarthy said in a statement. “Anyone who knew Jackie knows she was tough but fair—a no-nonsense, straight shooter who knew that Congress. must decently and honestly reflect the will of the people”.

Many of her colleagues in the Indiana delegation also tweeted their condolences shortly after her death was announced.

“I’m truly devastated. Jackie loved Hoosiers and dedicated her life to fighting for them,” tweeted Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., who worked with Walorski House. “I will never forget her spirit, her positive attitude and most of all her friendship.”

“My heart is heavy with the news from northern Indiana. Jackie was a true friend and an incredible colleague.” in a tweet Rep. Jim Baird, R-Ind. “Hoosiers have lost a champion and dedicated public servant.”

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