House Republican leaders announced Wednesday that Indiana Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski died in a car accident that also killed two of Walorski's staffers.
The news stunned Capitol Hill, prompting an outpouring of grief and remembrances from lawmakers and aides who paid tribute to the congresswoman's and the two staffers' lives and careers.
Walorski, 58, had previously served in the Indiana House of Representatives and represented Indiana's 2nd Congressional District. She was elected to Congress in 2013.
"The Elkhart County Sheriff's office has told Dean Swihart, Jackie's husband, that Jackie was killed in an automobile accident this afternoon.
She's back home with Jesus Christ. Pray for her family. McCarthy tweeted a message from the congresswoman's office.
Two staffers perished, according to the congresswoman's office. "Zach Potts and Emma Thomson, two members of Congresswoman Walorski's staff, also died. They were dedicated public servants "The congresswoman's chief of staff said so.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered flags at the Capitol to be flown at half-staff in response to the congresswoman's death, according to Pelosi deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill.
The congresswoman was the top Republican on the House Ethics Committee, putting her in line to become chair if the GOP retakes the majority in the midterms. She was the ranking Republican on a Ways and Means subcommittee
A northbound car veered left and hit a southbound SUV head-on, according to the statement.All three southbound passengers perished from their injuries, according to the statement