On Wednesday evening, President Joe Biden issued a lengthy statement in memory of the late Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN), according to The Washington Examiner.
In her hometown of South Bend, Indiana, Walorski was killed earlier on Wednesday in an automobile accident on state Route 19.
Walorski’s communications director, Emma Thomson, 28, and her district office director, Zachery Potts, 27, were also killed in the crash when they were traveling with Walorski. Authorities in the area are looking into the collision.
“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,” Biden wrote.
“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 nine and half years.”
According to the president, while he and Walorski came from opposite sides of the aisle “and disagreed on many issues” he also praised her as “respected by members of both parties for her work on the House Ways and Means Committee on which she served.”
He notably congratulated Walorski, the co-chair of the House Hunger Caucus, for working with the administration to organize the first conference on hunger, nutrition, and health to be hosted at the White House in 50 years.
“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,” Biden closed.
Following Walorski’s passing on Wednesday night, the administration commanded that flags on federal properties be flown at half-staff.