Zachery Potts was
one of the aides of Congresswoman Jackie Walorski who died along with the
Congresswoman and another staff member, Emma Thomson, in a fiery car crash on

Potts, a resident
of Mishwaka, Indiana, was 27 years old. He was the chairman of the St. Joseph
County Republican Party and also worked as district director for Walorski.
Potts had graduated from Indiana University in 2017.

After news broke, the
Congresswoman Walorski’s office put out a statement saying: “Please keep her
family in your thoughts and prayers. In addition to the devastating loss of
Congresswoman Walorski, it is with a broken heart that I announce the passing of
two dedicated members of her staff, Zach Potts and Emma Thomson.”

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“They were the
epitome of public servants who cared deeply about the work they performed on
behalf of constituents of Indiana’s Second Congressional District.”

“A northbound
passenger car travelled 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
dead at the scene,” the statement read.

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Zachery’s boss
Jackie Walorski death has struck a chord across the United States. US President
Joe Biden issued a statement saying: “Jill and I are shocked and saddened by the
death of Congresswoman Jackie Walorski of Indiana along with two members of her
staff in a car accident today in Indiana. Born in her beloved South Bend as the
daughter of a meat-cutter and firefighter, she spent a lifetime serving the
community she grew up in – as a journalist, a non profit director, a state
legislator, and eventually as member of Congress for the past nine and half