House of Representatives member Jackie Walorski (R-IN) was involved in a fatal automobile accident.
The head-on collision took place on Wednesday afternoon. She was 58 years old.
The accident occurred in Elkhart County, Indiana. Walorski was traveling south when a “northbound passenger car traveled left of center and collided head on with [Walorski’s] vehicle,” according to WSBT reporter Erica Finkle.
“Zachary Potts with the St. Joseph County Republican Party, and Walorski’s comm. director Emma Thompson all passed away.”
WSBT also reported that the driver of the northbound vehicle also died in the crash.
NBC News reports that Walorski’s husband, Dean Swihart, was informed of her death by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s office.
Walorski was a former Indiana state lawmaker and was first elected to Congress in 2012. She was favored to win her sixth term this fall.
NBC noted that Walorski served on the House Ethics Committee and was “set to be chairman of the bipartisan committee” if Republicans take control of the House after the midterm elections.
Noting her ability to work on both sides of the aisle, NBC noted that Walorski was “well-liked by her Republican and Democratic colleagues in the House where she was close to McCarthy and his leadership team.”
RTM extends condolences to all who suffered loss in this accident.
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