A joint statement on the passing of Congresswoman Jackie Walorksi

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3 Aug 2022



It is with the greatest sadness that we learned of Congresswoman Jackie Walorski’s death today in a traffic accident in Elkhart County. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jackie’s husband Dean Swihart and her other family and friends.

We were scheduled to visit with Congresswoman Walorski in Wabash on August 23rd and were looking forward to her visit in Wabash. “Jackie has been a friend since I took office in 2016 and was one of the first people to visit me shortly after I took office. She and Dean visited with my wife Jackie and I and enjoyed coming to dinner and concerts at the Honeywell Center with us. I am at a loss right now and considered Zach Potts who was also killed a friend. I had communicated with Emma Thompson in her Washington office in the past also and am devastated by the loss of all three of them.”

Keith Gillenwater, President and CEO of Grow Wabash County was also scheduling visits with local business and industry leaders for her visit on the 23rd. “I too am at a loss for words upon learning of this tragic accident. Congresswoman Walorski was a champion for Indiana and the 2nd District she so proudly represented. She will be deeply missed by those of us who worked closely with her as she looked out for the business interests of her District at the Federal Level.”

The City of Wabash and Grow Wabash County extend our sympathies to the families of all involved.

Scott A. Long
City of Wabash

Keith A. Gillenwater
President & CEO
Grow Wabash County

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