Washington lawmakers react to the death of Representative Jackie Walorski

WASHINGTON (Gray DC) — Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), 58, died Wednesday in a car crash. Walorski was traveling with two of his collaborators who also died in the accident.

Messages from both sides of the aisle poured in when lawmakers on Capitol Hill learned of his passing.

The congresswoman served Indiana’s 2nd congressional district in Washington for nearly a decade. Part of his duties included a place on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.

“Jackie was just full of life. She could light up any room she was in. She often referred to herself as a “Happy Hoosier”. And for us to work with her, she brought so much joy, so much passion. She is brilliant, both as a legislator and as a person. And I’ll tell you, there’s nothing she can’t do,” said Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), a ranking member of the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) also worked with Walorski on the committee.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) ordered the flags flown at half-mast at the Capitol. The White House also announced that it would fly flags at haltafff-s.

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