US lawmaker Walorski and two staffers die in Indiana car crash

WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) – U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Walorski and two members of her team died on Wednesday when the vehicle they were traveling in collided head-on with a car that veered into their lane, police said. ‘Indiana and his office.

Walorski, 58, a Republican who represented Indiana’s 2nd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives, was mourned by President Joe Biden and his congressional colleagues as an honorable official who stood strives to work across party lines to serve its constituents. The White House said it would fly flags at half mast in his memory.

The congresswoman was traveling on an Indiana road Wednesday afternoon with her communications chief, Emma Thomson, 28, and one of her district managers, Zachery Potts, 27, the sheriff’s office said. of Elkhart County.

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“A northbound passenger car traveled left of center and collided head-on” with Walorski’s vehicle, 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 town of Nappanee, he added.

Confirming her death in a statement shared on Twitter by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, 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 Special Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Crisis, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., October 2, 2020. J. Scott Applewhite/Pool via REUTERS

He added: “Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. We have no further comment at this time.”

Walorski has resided in Indiana his entire life, according to his official biography. She served on the House Ways and Means Committee and was the top Republican on the subcommittee on support for workers and families.

Prior to his 2012 election to the House, Walorski served three terms in the Indiana legislature, spent four years as a missionary in Romania with her husband, and worked as a television reporter in South Bend, according to a published biography. on his congress. website.

Chairman Joe Biden, a Democrat, said he and Walorski “may have represented different parties and disagree on many issues, but she was respected by members of both parties for her work on the House Ways and Means Committee. which she sat.

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic House Speaker, said in a statement that Walorski “passionately brought the voices of her northern Indiana constituents to Congress, and was admired by her colleagues on both sides of the House.” ‘gone for his personal kindness’.

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

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