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Indiana Rep. Jackie Walorski killed in car crash

Michael Macagnone, CQ-Roll Call on

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., and two aides died in a car crash Wednesday when the vehicle they were in was struck by another, according to Elkhart County, Indiana, Sheriff’s Office.

The statement said the crash is still under investigation, but a northbound car with one occupant crossed the center line and collided with the car containing Walorski and two others.

The sheriff’s office said the others killed in Walorski’s car were Zachery Potts, 27, of Mishawaka, Indiana, and Emma Thomson, 28, of Washington, D.C. Walorski’s chief of staff said in a statement they were on her staff, and professional online profiles for Potts said he served as Walorski’s district director, while Thomson’s said she was Walorski’s communications director.

The driver of the northbound car, who also was killed, was Edith Schmucker, 56, of Nappanee, Indiana, according to the sheriff’s statement.

Walorski, 58, is the third member of the House Republican conference to die this year, after Reps. Don Young, R-Alaska, and Jim Hagedorn, R-Minn.

A spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she had ordered flags to fly at half staff at the Capitol to mark Walorski’s passing.

 

In a statement, Pelosi said Walorski served her community as well as those suffering abroad, such as children in poverty in Romania. “She passionately brought the voices of her north Indiana constituents to the Congress, and she was admired by colleagues on both sides of the aisle for her personal kindness,” Pelosi’s statement said.

Republican Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., called Walorski a “champion for the people of Indiana,” in a statement Wednesday.

“She will be remembered for her kindness, tenacity, and commitment to helping others,” Scalise said, noting that Walorski had served as a member of his whip team.

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., announced Walorski’s death “with a heavy heart” in a statement on Twitter.

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