Rep. Jackie Walorski dies in Elkhart County crash

Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 3:58 PM EDT
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ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU/AP) - Jackie Walorski, U.S. representative for Indiana’s 2nd congressional district, died in a crash Wednesday afternoon in Elkhart County.

Meanwhile, three others were killed in the crash, including two of Walorski’s staffers who were in the same vehicle as her and the driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash. Their identities are listed below:

  • Zachery Potts, 27, of Mishawaka (Walorski District Director)
  • Emma Thomson, 28, of Washington, D.C. (Walorski Communications Director)
  • Edith Schmucker, 56, of Nappanee

Walorski, who served on the House Ways and Means Committee, was first elected to represent Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District in 2012. She previously served three terms in the state’s legislature.

Walorski was born in South Bend. She and her husband were previously missionaries in Romania, where they established a foundation that provided food and medical supplies to impoverished children. She worked as a television news reporter at WSBT-TV in South Bend before her turn to politics.

Local leaders in the community are speaking out about Wednesday’s tragedy:

Mayor Rod Roberson released a statement on the death of Congresswoman Jackie Walorski.
Mayor Rod Roberson released a statement on the death of Congresswoman Jackie Walorski.(WNDU)

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