Rep. Jackie Walorski died Wednesday afternoon along with two staffers.
Tributes came from fellow house lawmakers and other top officials such as Sec. Piet Buttigieg.
Walorski’s staffers Emma Thomson and Zachery Potts were also killed in the accident.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and top officials across Washington expressed their grief on Wednesday Rep. Jackie Walorski has died in a car accident in her home state of Indiana.
“Today we lost one of our largest members,” the Republican Study Commission said in a statement. “Jackie Walorski lived a life of public service and was a friend to all who knew her.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy confirmed reports that Walorski was killed in an accident while House lawmakers were on recess from Washington. According to WSBT, its communications director, Emma Thomson, and Zachery Potts, Walorski’s district director, were also killed in the accident.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered flags around the Capitol to be flown at half-mast in honor of Walorski, Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill announced on Twitter.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise recalled a “best friend” who loved serving her state. While fellow Republican Representative from Indiana Jim Banks recalled a “real civil servant – selfless, humble and compassionate.”
“She was a devout Christian, a passionate advocate for life and a leader among Hoosier representatives. Everything Jackie did was to serve others,” Banks wrote on Facebook. “She had a heart of gold and I will miss her very much.”
Republican Representative Victoria Spartan mourned the loss of her delegate, calling her “a good friend and a strong fighter” online.
Former Vice President Mike Pence said he and former second lady Karen Pence were “heartbroken” by the news.
“[email protected] and I are heartbroken by the tragic passing of our dear friend Rep. Jackie Walorski. She served Indiana in the Statehouse and Congress for nearly two decades with integrity and principle and will be deeply missed,” Pence, who is a former governor from Indiana, wrote on Twitter.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who previously served as mayor of South Bend, Indiana, also expressed his condolences.
“I am shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic death of Congresswoman Jackie Walorski,” Buttigieg wrote on Twitter. “My thoughts and prayers are with her family and the other victims of this horrific crash.”
sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat, wrote of Walorski: “Terrible news. Jackie was always willing to listen to my point of view, even if we don’t always vote the same way. Rest in peace, my friend.”
North Carolina Republican Representative Virginia Foxx said it was “heartbreaking” that Walorski was gone. “She was a staunch conservative, a devoted public servant, and a dear friend to so many,” Foxx said. wrote on Twitter.
Walorski was first elected to the House in 2012. Before serving in Congress, she served three terms in the Indiana state house. In current Congress, Walorski served on the House Ways and Means Committee and was also the most senior Republican on the House Ethics Committee.
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