Rep. Jackie Walorski killed in Indiana Road car crash

Rep.  Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), pictured here at a 2018 House Ways and Means Committee meeting, was killed in a head-on collision that also killed two of her aides and the driver of the other vehicle.  (Photo: Tom Williams via Getty Images)

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), pictured here at a 2018 House Ways and Means Committee meeting, was killed in a head-on collision that also killed two of her aides and the driver of the other vehicle. (Photo: Tom Williams via Getty Images)

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), pictured here at a 2018 House Ways and Means Committee meeting, was killed in a head-on collision that also killed two of her aides and the driver of the other vehicle. (Photo: Tom Williams via Getty Images)

Long time GOP Rep. Indiana’s Jackie Walorski was killed in a car accident Wednesday afternoon in her home state, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy confirmed.

“She has returned home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” Walorski’s office said in a statement McCarthy shared on Twitter.

‚ÄúPlease keep her family in your thoughts and prayers. We will not be making any further comment at this time,” her office said.

The two others in the vehicle carrying Walorski, her communications director Emma Thomson, 28, and district director Zachary Potts, 27, were also killed, along with the driver of the other vehicle, Edith Schmucker, 56, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office said. Potts lived in Mishawaka, Indiana, while Thomson lived in Washington, DC

Walorski, 58, served in the Indiana State House for five years and was first elected to Congress in 2012, representing an area in northern Indiana that includes South Bend and Elkhart.

The other vehicle was traveling north as it crossed the dividing line and headed south on Walorski’s SUV, according to the sheriff’s office.

Todd Rokita, the state Republican Attorney Generalremembered the time he spent with Walorski on the campaign trail, write in a tweet: “In addition to everything else, she had a great sense of humor.”

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, former Democratic mayor of South Bend, said he was “shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic death of Congresswoman Jackie Walorski”.

“Although we came from very different places politically, she was always willing to work together where there was common ground, always decent and straightforward, and she cared deeply about her job and her constituents,” Buttigieg said.

Walorski was born in South Bend, where she also attended high school before attending Taylor University, a Christian liberal arts college in Upland, Indiana.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered flags to be lowered to mark Walorski’s death. Pelosi noted in a statement that the congresswoman “was admired by colleagues on both sides of the aisle for her personal kindness.”

In 2021, Walorski was one of 139 Republicans in the House who voted to overthrow 2020 presidential election results despite lack of evidence of widespread fraud, say in a pronunciation that she had “concerns” about “irregularities” in “some states”.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.

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