Dean Swihart, who is he? Jackie Walorski’s spouse is the focus as the Indiana lawmaker passes away at age 58.

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Dean Swihart, who is this? Jackie Walorski’s spouse takes center stage as Indiana lawmaker dies aged 58

Rep. Jackie Walorski of Indiana and two of her associates died in a car accident on August 3, 2022. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted confirmation of her death.

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He explained that Dean Swihart, Walorski’s husband, was the first to hear the terrible news and urged everyone to keep their family in their prayers:

Walorski’s chief of staff, Tim Cummings, issued the following statement in response to his death:

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She came home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Please keep her family in your prayers.

The congresswoman and her associates, district director Zachery Potts and communications director Emma Thomson, were in a car in Indiana when another northbound vehicle pulled up “left of center” and collided head-on with Walorski’s car. This information was provided by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office.

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Dean Swihart

Dean Swihart

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The driver of the other car, Edith Schmucker, was also pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

US President Joe Biden also issued a public statement on the death of Jackie Walorski, commemorating her work on behalf of the public:

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“She was respected by members of both parties for her work, despite the fact that we may represent opposing parties and disagreed on many issues. She has been a valuable asset to my team and I as we prepare for this fall’s historic White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health, which will be marked by her genuine concern for the challenges facing rural America.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Walorski a “lifelong Hoosier” and noted that she lived a “life of service”:

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“Congresswoman Walorski, a native of Hoosier, spent a life of service: whether she was caring for underprivileged children in Romania, championing her neighborhood at the Indiana Statehouse, or serving in the House of Representatives for over ten years.”
She added that Walorski was revered and respected by her peers in America’s two major political parties:

She was respected by peers on both sides of the aisle for her personal generosity, and she zealously represented the views of her northern Indian constituents in Congress.

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In addition, Pelosi ordered the flags at the US Capitol to be flown at half-mast in memory of Walorski. Dean Swihart, the Republican congressman’s husband, is still alive. At the time of her death she was 58 years old.

Educator Dean Swihart taught music to students in grades K–6 at Hums Elementary and Twin Branch Elementary Schools. He was married to the late Jackie Walorski, an Indiana congresswoman.

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Although there is little information about Swihart’s private life, Walorski’s official website states that the politician and her husband both previously served as missionaries in Romania and ran a foundation for four years to “provide impoverished children there with food and medical care take care of”.

In 2014, Walorski shared a throwback picture of herself and Swihart speaking about their past lives as Christian missionaries. The US national anthem was sung by Swihart in 2015 before the Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat game on Easter Sunday in Indianapolis in front of around 8,000 spectators.

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