Joe Biden

Statement on the Death of Representative Jacqueline R. Walorski of Indiana

August 03, 2022

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.

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 9½ years.

We may have represented different parties and disagreed on many issues, but she was respected by members of both parties for her work on the House Ways and Means Committee on which she served. She also served as cochair of the House Hunger Caucus, and my team and I appreciated her partnership as we plan for a historic White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health this fall that will be marked by her deep care for the needs of rural America.

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.

NOTE: The statement referred to Martha C. Walorski, mother, and Dean A. Swihart, husband, of Rep. Walorski.

Joseph R. Biden, Statement on the Death of Representative Jacqueline R. Walorski of Indiana Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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