US Legislator Walorski and two staffers have been killed in a automobile crash in Indiana

U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Walorski and two of her staffers were killed Wednesday when the vehicle they were riding in collided head-on with a car that pulled into their lane of traffic, Indiana police and her office said.

Walorski, a 58-year-old Republican who represented Indiana’s 2nd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, was mourned by President Joe Biden and her colleagues in Congress as an honorable public servant who worked across party lines to help her constituents. The White House said it would raise flags in her memory.

The congresswoman was traveling along Indiana Road Wednesday afternoon with her communications manager, Emma Thomson, 28, and one of her district directors, Zachery Potts, 27, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office said.

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“A northbound passenger car was left of center and collided with Walorski’s car, killing all three occupants, the sheriff’s office said. The driver of the other car, Edith Schmucker, 56, was pronounced dead at the scene near the northern Indiana city of Napanee, she added.

Confirming her death via House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy’s Twitter account, Walorski’s office said: “Dean Swihart, Jackie’s husband, has just been notified by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office that Jackie was killed in a car accident this afternoon.”

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) speaks as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar testifies before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Crisis on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., 2020. October 2 J. Scott Applewhite/Pool via REUTERS

It added: “Please keep her family in our thoughts and prayers. We will have no further comment at this time.”

According to her official biography, Walorski has lived in Indiana all her life. She served on the House Ways and Means Committee and was the top Republican on the Support for Workers and Families subcommittee.

Before being elected to the House in 2012, Walorski served three terms in the Indiana Legislature, spent four years with her husband as a missionary in Romania and worked as a television news reporter in South Bend, according to her congressional biography. Website.

President Joe Biden, a Democrat, said he and Walorski “may have been from different parties and disagreed on many issues, but she was respected by members of both parties for her work on the House committee she served on.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, said in a statement that Walorski “passionately brought the voices of her Northern Indiana constituents to Congress and was admired by colleagues on both sides of the aisle for her personal kindness.”

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Reporting by Rami Ayyub, Eric Beech, Dan Whitcomb, Costas Pitas and Frank McGurty; Edited by Leslie Adler and David Gregorio

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