Walorski was in a SUV traveling southbound when it was hit head-on by another car. All three occupants in one of the cars — Walorski, her district director Zachery Potts, 27, and communications director Emma Thomson, 28 — died as a result of their injuries.
The sole passenger of the other car involved in the crash also was pronounced dead at the scene.
An investigation by the Elkhart County Coroner’s Office and sheriff’s office is underway.
Walorski was elected to represent Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District in 2012 after serving three terms in the statehouse.
In 1995, Walorski married Dean Swihart, a schoolteacher in Mishawaka.
Walorski has an estimated net worth of around $1 million. Walorski’s income source was mostly from being a successful politician.
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 tweet. McCarthy said her husband was informed the congresswoman had been killed in the collision.
“Devastated to hear the horrible news of the passing of Jackie Walorski and her two staffers,” Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., tweeted. “She was a dear friend who loved serving the people of Indiana in Congress.”
Indiana Sen. Mike Braun told reporters, “I just learned about an hour or so ago. It’s one of those things that takes the absolute air out of you. I was on the phone and a text came through. Spent a lot of time with Jackie. Got to know her early when I stuck my neck into the political realm.” He said she was “always a good friend,” and added, “when it’s close to home, and you know the people, it’s tough to get through.”