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

Washington – Republican Representative Jackie Walorski of Indiana 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 south when another car struck him just after 12:30 p.m. The three occupants of one of the cars – Walorski, his district director Zachery Potts, 27, and Communications director Emma Thomson, 28 – died from her injuries.

The sole passenger in the other car involved in the crash, which was traveling northbound, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Siegel.

The Elkhart County Coroner’s Office and the sheriff’s office are investigating.

UNITED STATES – APRIL 03: Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., speaks during a Capitol news conference on legislation that would increase the accountability of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Walorski was elected to represent Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District in 2012 after serving three terms in the statehouse. 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 his office, noting that her husband, Dean Swihart, had been notified that the congressman had been killed in the collision.

“She has returned 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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