Walorksi, who represented Indiana’s 2nd Congressional district, was killed in a car crash on Wednesday afternoon in Elkhart County, Indiana.
“On August 3, 2022 at approximately 12:32 PM the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two vehicle crash on SR 19 south of SR 119,” the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office told Fox News Digital in a statement. “A northbound passenger car traveled 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 deceased at the scene.”
The investigation into the crash is being conducted by the Elkhart County Coroner’s Office and the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office.
Two of the others killed in the crash, Zachery Potts and Emma Thompson, worked on Walorski’s staff.
“Jackie’s husband, was just informed by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s office that Jackie was killed in a car accident this afternoon. 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,” Walorski’s office said in a statement.
Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy responded to the news on Twitter.
Fellow Indiana Republican, Rep. Jim Banks, called Walorski a “dear friend and one of the greatest public servants I’ve ever known.”
“I am devastated and saddened to learn about the tragic passing of my dear friend Jackie Walorksi and two of her staffers,” Republican Rep. Steve Scalise said in a press release. “Jackie was an instrumental member of our conference, serving as a member of my deputy whip team for several years. She was a champion for the people of Indiana, and she will be remembered for her kindness, tenacity, and commitment to helping others.”
Drew Hammill, spokesperson for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, tweeted Wednesday that the flags on Capitol Hill will be flown at half-staff in Walorski’s honor.
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.
Associated Press contributed to this report