The City of Indiana mourns this week as Rep. Jackie Walorski and three other people lost in an unfortunate car accident.
It was reported that the 58-year-old representative and two other passengers were headed south on state route 19 this fateful Wednesday. Another car heading north swerved left and collided with their vehicle. This crash led to the death of all four people in both vehicles.
The people who lost their lives that day were Rep. Jackie Warloski, her 28-year-old communications director, Emma Thompson, her 27-year-old aide, Zachery Potts, and the 56-year-old driver of the other vehicle, Edith Schmucker.
The entire city is mourning the deaths of these people, and tributes have been paid to honor their lives.
Before her untimely death, the congresswoman has always been a very successful career woman. Starting her career in 1985, she began as a TV host CBS affiliate in South Bend and maintained that career path for four years. After that, she was elected by the Humane Society of St. Joseph County as an executive director, and she also maintained that post for a few years.
She also worked in multiple fundraising roles and later founded her own NGO, Impact International, when she moved to Romania in 2000. Impact International since then has helped impoverished children to get good healthcare. Before moving into politics in 2004, she was also active in Christian missionary work.
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Jackie Warloski’s life as a politician was quite a success as she was elected to office in Indiana’s House of Representatives in 2004, her first year. She ran for congress in 2010 but lost narrowly by just 1%. Relentless, she ran for the seat again two years later and ended up being successful.
Warloski was a reputable member of congress and was one of the prime lawmakers on the House Ethics Committee till she lost her life. She was also an active member of the House as she belonged to the Armed Services, Budget, and Veterans’ Affairs committees. The United States will significantly feel her loss. The democrat president confirmed this in the statement he released that same day. He acknowledged that they belonged to different parties and disagreed on several issues. Regardless, he did not dispute that she was a respected and active member of the House. He went on to appreciate her life and work so far and offered his condolences to her family.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy took to his social media page to express his grief and update the public about this event.
“Dean Swihart, Jackie’s husband, was just informed by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s office that Jackie was killed in a car accident this afternoon,” the statement said. “She has returned home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers. We will have no further comment at this time.”
This news is absolutely devastating. 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.
She always put others first.
My full statement: pic.twitter.com/gJr13QuBHF
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) August 3, 2022
As the entire country deeply felt the loss, the former Vice President under the Trump Administration, Mike Pence, also stated the deceased citizens of the United States.
“She served Indiana in the Statehouse and the Congress with integrity and principle for nearly two decades and will be deeply missed,” Pence said. “Our prayers are with her husband Dean, her family, and the families of Zachery Potts and Emma Thomson who also perished in the crash. We’re praying God’s comfort over their families and to all who loved and admired this truly inspiring Indiana leader. God Bless Jackie Walorski.”
Though we came from very different places politically, she was always prepared to work together where there was common ground, always decent and straightforward, and she cared deeply about her work and her constituents.
— Secretary Pete Buttigieg (@SecretaryPete) August 3, 2022
Several other people have paid tributes to the deceased, confirming that they have all lived good lives and it is now time for them to rest in peace.