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GOP Jackie Walorski dies in crash

In a statement released after the head-on crash that killed Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) and two staff members on Wednesday, President Joe Biden addressed the tragedy. Officials said her communications director, Emma Thomson, and district office director, Zachary Potts, died in the accident.

“Jill and I are shocked and saddened by the death of Congresswoman Jackie Walorski of Indiana along with two members of her staff in a car accident today in Indiana,” Biden said in a White House statement. “Born in her beloved South Bend as the daughter of a meat-cutter and firefighter, she spent a lifetime serving the community that she grew up in—as a journalist, a nonprofit director, a state legislator, and eventually as a Member of Congress for the past nine and half years.”

Biden said that Walorski came from opposite sides of the political spectrum “and disagreed on many issues” but said she was “respected by members of both parties for her work on the House Ways and Means Committee on which she served.”

“We send our deepest condolences to her husband, Dean, to the families of her staff members, Zachery Potts and Emma Thomson, who lost their lives in public service, and to the people of Indiana’s Second District who lost a representative who was one of their own,”

4 August 2022


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