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Known for her dedication to service and loved by her fellow Democrats and Republicans in the House, Indiana Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski died in a car accident on Wednesday, August 3. She was 58 years old.
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Walorski’s office released the following statement on Twitter after the accident: “Dean Swihart, Jackie’s husband, has just been notified by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office that Jackie was killed in a car accident. this afternoon. She returned home to be with her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.
The news was confirmed by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in a tweet Wednesday, and many other politicians were quick to pay tribute to Walorski. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, currently on a trip to Asia, ordered the Capitol flags flown at half-mast in response to Walorski’s death, according to CNN Politics.
Two of Walorski’s aides, district manager Zachery Potts, 27, and communications director Emma Thomson, 28, also died in the head-on collision, NBC News reported.
At the time of her death, Walorski was estimated to have a net worth of between $400,000 and $1.7 million.
Net worth: $400,000 to $1.7 million
As the highest-ranking Republican on the House Ethics Committee, Walorski was poised to become chairman of the bipartisan committee and assume a leadership role on the House Ways and Means Committee should the Republicans win the majority in November, according to Newsweek. Her current term was due to expire in January 2023 and she was running for her sixth term this fall.
Walorski earned the standard salary of $174,000 a year given to all members of the House of Representatives and Senate and earned approximately $1.7 million in salary during her tenure as a U.S. Representative. His salary earned during his time in the Indiana House of Representatives is negligible. Current members earn $28,100 per year.
With a long history in politics and a small one in the media, Walorski potentially could have had a significant income at the time of his death. However, it is difficult to report her net worth accurately without knowing what investments she held and what additional income streams, such as money earned from speaking engagements, for example.
Sources of celebrity and political net worth are incomplete. According to Ballotpedia, Congressional financial disclosure data made available by Open Secrets gave an estimate of Walorski’s net worth between $110,013 and $426,000 in 2012. Open Secrets’ most recent estimate, from 2018 , is $382,012 and includes 26 assets totaling $143,025 to $621,000.
Factoring in possible asset appreciation on top of his salary over the past 10 years, Walorski could have been worth between $400,000 and $1.7 million at the time of his death — a wide but realistic range for anyone. one of the same age, in a similar position, with a similar career schedule.
Jackie Walorski was born on August 17, 1963 in South Bend, Indiana. His mother was a meat cutter and his father was a firefighter and an appliance store owner, according to the South Bend Tribune.
After attending Liberty Baptist College, Walorski graduated from Taylor University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Administration in 1985.
Walorski began her career as a television reporter for WSBT-TV, a CBS affiliate in South Bend, from 1985 to 1989. She was executive director of the St. Joseph County Humane Society from 1989 to 1991.
According to the Wall Street Journal, in 2000 Walorski moved with her husband to Romania, where they established Impact International, a foundation to provide medical supplies to impoverished children.
Walorski was the United States Representative for Indiana’s 2nd congressional district since 2013. Prior to that, she served three terms as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing the 21st congressional district of Indiana. Indiana.
Walorski first ran for Congress in 2010, winning the Republican nomination for her district. Although she lost the general election to Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly, she ran again in 2012, this time winning the open seat.
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Walorski is survived by her husband of 27 years, Dean Swihart, a Mishawaka, Ind., schoolteacher. She and Swihart lived in a suburb of Elkhart County, Indiana.
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