Jackie Walorski, a Republican from Indiana who was well-liked by both her Democratic and Republican colleagues in the House, died in an automobile accident on Wednesday, Aug. 3. She was 58 years old at the time.
“”The Elkhart County Sheriff’s office just informed Dean Swihart, Jackie’s husband, that Jackie was killed in a car crash this afternoon,” Walorski’s office announced on Twitter following the crash. She has returned to be with her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy confirmed the news in a tweet on Wednesday, and many fellow legislators were eager to pay respect to Walorski. According to CNN Politics, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is presently travelling in Asia, ordered the flags at the Capitol to be flown at half-staff in reaction to Walorski’s death.
According to NBC News, two of Walorski’s assistants, District Director Zachery Potts, 27, and Communications Director Emma Thomson, 28, were killed in the head-on crash.
Walorski’s net worth was estimated to be between $400,000 and $1.7 million at the time of her death.
$400,000-$1.7 million in net worth
According to Newsweek, Walorski, the highest ranking Republican on the House Ethics Committee, was poised to become chairman of the bipartisan committee and take on a leadership role on the If Republicans win the House majority in November, the House Ways and Means Committee will be formed. Her current term was set to end in January 2023, and she was standing for re-election to a sixth term this autumn.
Walorski was earning the usual $174,000 per year pay that all members of the House and Senate get, and she has earned almost $1.7 million in compensation throughout her tenure as a U.S. Representative. Her compensation during her time in the Indiana House of Representatives is insignificant. Members now earn $28,100 per year.