“Dean Swihart, Jackie husband just Elkhart County Sheriff said. office that Jackie was killed in a car accident this afternoon. She’s back home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Please hold her family in your thoughts and prayers. We won’t have any more comment at the moment.”
Valorski, 58, was involved in two-vehicle crash on Route 19 south of Route 119, according to the sheriff. office. driver of on North vehicle traveled left of center line and collided head-on with sport utility vehicle carried by Valorski and employees Zachary Potts, 27, and Emma Thomson, 28. All three passengers in southern vehicle died of their injuries. Edith Schmucker, 56, was the only occupant. of another vehicle. She was spoken dead on the stage.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) ordered flags to be raised over the US Capitol in half-employees in memory of Valorsky.
“Throughout Hoosier’s life, Congresswoman Valorski lived the life of service: be careful for impoverished children in Romania representing her community in Indiana State House or nearly a decade in service in Home,” Pelosi said. in statement. “She passionately conveyed the voices of her north voters from Indiana to Congress, and she was admired colleagues on both sides of pass for her personal kindness.
Valorski served in Congress since 2013, representing the 2nd congressional district. She was the top Republican on House Ethics Committee and was a member of Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives.
South Bend, Indiana native worked in journalism and science before elected to Congress in 2012. Religious conservative she was educated in Christian colleges and mission work before arriving on Capitol Hill.
McCarthy appointed her in in early 2021 for a place in the Republican rankings on sensitive Ethics Committee, equally divided panel who is investigating of legislators.
“I am honored to receive on important responsibility of holding members of house to highest standards of transparency, accountability and ethical behavior,” she said. in application after receiving this appointment.
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President Biden, who ordered flags to be raised at the White House half-employees in honor congresswoman, made a statement in what did he say and first Lady Jill Biden was “shocked and deeply saddened” by Valorsky’s statement. death.
“Perhaps we represented different parties and did not agree with each other. on many questions, but she was respected by the participants of Both sides for her work on Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives on whom she served,” Biden said.
Fellow Republicans expressed their regret on Wednesday shortly after news of Valorsky death was made public.
Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel called Valorsky “good friend”.
“She was incredible public servant for The Hoosiers and the leader of the Republican Party,” McDaniel said. in statement. “The entire Republican National Committee is praying for her family and family of two staff who we also died tragically.”
Senator Todd S. Young (R-Ind.) tweeted that he was “really devastated.”
“Jackie loved the Hoosiers and dedicated her life to fighting for them,” he wrote. “I will never forget her spirit, her positive attitude and, most importantly, her friendship.”
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) tweeted that he was praying for families of Valorsky and her collaborators.
“Devastated to hear the terrible news of passage of Jackie Valorsky and two of her employees,” Scalise wrote. “She was a dear friend who liked to serve people of Indiana in Congress”.
in event of republican takeover of House of Representatives after the November midterm elections, Valorsky would on track to head the Ways and Means worker and family support subcommittee. Valorski, an evangelical Christian, was known for her conservative racks on social questions.
Earlier this month, she spoke out against the Women’s Health Act and the Access to Abortion Act, citing the Democratic position on abortion “dangerous” and “extreme”.
“At the urging of Speaker Pelosi, House Democrats once again voted green light for abortion anytime in pregnancy anywhere in country and funded by American taxpayers,” Valorsky said. in statement. “Abortion on demand is a direct affront to the values that protect life and the rights of American conscience.”
Supporter of Donald Trump, Valorsky voted against impeachment of the president in 2021 for his role in January 6 attack on Capitol, resulting in of death of one a policeman and four other wounded more more than 100 law enforcement officers. She is also voted against confirmation of Democrat Joe Biden’s victories in Arizona and Pennsylvania in presidential elections in 2020.