Jackie Walorski

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August 15, 2022

Jacqueline R. Walorski (South Bend, August 17, 1963 - Nappanee, August 3, 2022) was an American politician.[1] She served as a member of the United States House of Representatives for the 2nd district Congressman from Indiana from 2013 until his death in 2022. As a member of the Republican Party, he was a member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing Indiana's 21st District, from 2005 to 2010. In 2010, Walorski won the Republican nomination for the Indiana's 2nd congressional district, but narrowly lost the general election to Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly. Walorski won the seat in 2012 after Donnelly vacated it to run for the United States Senate.[1]

Early Years

She was born in South Bend, Indiana in 1963; He grew up with his two older brothers in the Gilmer Park neighborhood of that city.[2] His mother, Martha C. (née Martin), worked as a meat slicer at a local grocery store, and his father, Raymond B. Walorski worked as a firefighter and owned an appliance store.[3][4] She was of Polish and German descent.[5] As a child, she attended Hay Elementary School and later graduated from Riley High School in 1981.[3] He attended Liberty University from 1981 to 1983, and graduated from Taylor University, receiving his bachelor's degree in communications and public administration in 1985.[6] Walorski began her career as a television reporter for WSBT-TV, a CBS affiliate in South Bend, from 1985 to 1989, and was executive director of the St. Joseph County Humane Society from 1989 to 1991.[7] In 1991, she was appointed director of institutional advancement at Ancilla College, a position she held until she was appointed director of membership at the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce in 1996.[6] She later worked as director of annual giving at Indiana University in South Bend from 1997 to 1999.[5] Walorski moved to Romania in 2000 and founded Impact International, a foundation to provide medical supplies and care to poor children.[8] She did Christian missionary work in Romania before returning to the United States in 2004.[9]

Race

Indiana House of Representatives

In 2004, Walorski ran for a seat in the Indiana House of Representatives after incumbent Republican state representative Richard W. Mangus decided to withdraw. She ran for Indiana's 2nd District, which included the suburban area between South Bend and Elkhart. Walorski defeated Democrat Carl H. Kaser, 64%–36%.[10] In 2006 she won a second term with 53% of the vote.[11] In 2008, she won a third term unopposed.[12] During her tenure in the Indiana House, Walorski was a sponsor of Indiana's voter ID law, which requires voters to present government-issued identification when voting in person.[5] The voter ID law it gave rise to many lawsuits and was brought before the Supreme Court, where it was upheld in Crawford v. Marion County Board of Elections, and is said to have helped expand voter ID laws in other states.[13] Walorski was criticized for missing a committee vote and the opportunity to prevent the daylight saving time bill from passing committee, even though that bill died on the House floor.[14] After a different bill was passed that introduced daylight saving time, she drafted and introduced a bill to rescind daylight saving time, a measure that eventually died.[14] She authored legislation combating identity theft, including in 2006 when she sponsored a bill requiring businesses to notify customers