Jackie Walorski death: Political fraternity mourns, Capitol Hill flags flown at half-staff
- Jackie Walorski, a Republican from Indiana, died in a car crash
- Two of her staff members Zachery Potts and Emma Thomson also dies in the crash
- US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered the flags on Capitol Hill to be flown at half-staff
Walorksi, who represented Indiana's 2nd Congressional District, was killed in a car accident on Wednesday afternoon in Elkhart County, Indiana.
"On August 3, 2022 at approximately 12:32 PM the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two vehicle crash on SR 19 south of SR 119," the Elkhart County Sheriff's Office Fox News Digital in a statement, Fox News reported.
The statement added, "A northbound passenger car traveled left of center and collided head on with a southbound sports utility vehicle. All three occupants in the southbound vehicle died as a result of their injuries: Jackie Walorski, 58, Elkhart, Indiana Zachery Potts, 27, Mishawaka, Indiana Emma Thomson, 28, Washington, DC The sole occupant of the northbound vehicle, Edith Schmucker, 56, Nappanee, Indiana was pronounced deceased at the scene."
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California Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy reacted to the news on Twitter by sharing a statement from Walorksi’s office, “It is with a heavy heart that I am sharing this statement from the Office of Congresswoman Jackie Walorski.”
Republican Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana named Walorski a "dear friend and one of the greatest public servants I've ever known."
"I am devastated and saddened to learn about the tragic passing of my dear friend Jackie Walorksi and two of her staffers," in a statement to the press, Louisiana Republican Rep. Steve Scalise said. "Jackie was an instrumental member of our conference, serving as a member of my deputy whip team for several years. She was a champion for the people of Indiana, and she will be remembered for her kindness, tenacity, and commitment to helping others."
Rep. Val Demings tweeted, "My prayers are with the family and staff of my colleague, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski and the others who were tragically killed in a traffic collision today."
The flags on Capitol Hill will be flown at half-staff in Walorski's honour, according to Drew Hammill, a spokesperson for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Walorski was first elected to represent Indiana's 2nd Congressional District in 2012, after serving on the House Ways and Means Committee. She previously served in the state legislature for three terms.