Over 2,000 people, including numerous members of the US House of Representatives and representatives from Indiana, attended Rep. Jackie Walorski’s (R-IN) burial on Thursday. They praised the congresswoman for her vivacious personality, dedication to public service, and strong religious beliefs.
Leading Republicans spoke during the service at Granger Community Church in Granger, Indiana, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), and Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb. On August 3, Walorski, 58, and two employees—District Director Zachery Potts, 27, and Communications Director Emma Thomson, 28—were all killed in an automobile accident.
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McCarthy said of the vivacious lawmaker, “She doesn’t just light up a room, she runs the room.” McCarthy said it was challenging to use the past tense when describing the congresswoman.
He continued, “She ascended to the absolute top committee you could be on, Ways and Means, but not one member of Congress on either side of the aisle has ever asked me to be on Ethics [Committee].” “However, I only considered calling one individual to serve as the lead Republican when there was a vacancy. Why? because she is respected on both sides of the aisle for her morals, honesty, and ethics.”
Walorski was a crucial part of Scalise’s deputy whip team who always approached even the most difficult meetings with “such a positive vibe,” according to Scalise. Everyone who took the microphone recalled her fervent devotion to her Christian religion and her love for her family, especially her husband, Dean Swihart.
More than anything else, Swihart remarked, “Jackie was about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” “I cannot tell you how many times, and I’m not exaggerating, with God as my witness, that we prayed for her position in Congress to be used for the spread of the Gospel rather than for her or I to get a huge hit.”
Her husband remarked, “She didn’t like to wait for anything, and I guess her impatience has been proved out today, since she just had to race us all to heaven,” as eulogists laughed over her trademark impatience.
Representatives Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) and Ann Wagner (R-MO), two of Walorski’s closest friends and colleagues, made moving speeches.
Through her emotions, Wagner continued, “Jackie, you were my toughest supporter in Congress.” “Together, we did work, we cried and laughed, we prayed, and yes, we even took a sunbath. I am aware that you are delightfully seated in the palm of our Lord and Savior. But I’ll really miss you.”
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Walorski’s body was transferred to Southlawn Cemetery in South Bend for burial after the church service.
The abrupt passing of Walorski, who had represented Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District since 2013, shocked Capitol Hill. She began her career as a television reporter in South Bend, Indiana, where she was raised. She later had a number of local posts until relocating to Romania with her husband in 2004 to serve as Christian missionaries and to aid the less fortunate. She was chosen to serve in the Indiana House of Representatives in 2004 and remained there until her unsuccessful bid for the House of Representatives in 2010. She won the election in 2012 after the district’s boundaries were changed to include more Republican votes.
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