Indiana Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski was killed in a car accident. She died on Wednesday. Her husband was informed of the news by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s office. She was just 58.
County Sheriff’s Office said they were called to the scene of a two-vehicle crash shortly after noon. In that car accident, there were also two others in the vehicle.
McCarthy called the congresswoman’s passing “absolutely devastating” in a lengthy statement released later on Wednesday.
“Jackie was a dear friend, trusted advisor, and the embodiment of integrity who achieved the admiration and respect of all her colleagues in the House,” he said.
A woman who was 5 years old driving the other car was also killed in the crash, police said. She served as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives. She began serving in Congress in 2013.
In a statement, Pelosi said the congresswoman “lived a life of service” and “was admired by colleagues on both sides of the aisle for her personal kindness.”
Walorski was first elected to represent Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District in 2012. She previously served three terms in the state’s legislature.
She served on the House Ways. Inside the House Republican conference as someone who could one day ascend to the ranks of GOP leadership, and her name had been batted around for the position of conference chairwoman in the past.
She had been a member of the House GOP’s deputy whip team. was born in South Bend and lived near Elkhart, Indiana. She and her husband were previously missionaries in Romania.
There they established a foundation. In that foundation, they provided food and medical supplies to impoverished children. She also worked as a television news reporter in South Bend before her turn to politics.