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August 4, 2022

GOP Congresswoman Dies in Car Accident

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Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) was killed in a car accident on Wednesday afternoon.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) confirmed the tragic news in a statement from Walorski’s office.

“Dean Swihart, Jackie’s husband, was just informed by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s office that Jackie was killed in a car accident this afternoon,” the statement read.

“She has returned home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers. We will have no further comment at this time.”

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana said the accident was a two-vehicle crash. According to The Hill: “Authorities said a passenger car traveling northbound collided head-on with a sports utility vehicle traveling southbound.”

Walorski, 58, and two of her aides, Zachery Potts, 27, and Emma Thompson, 28, were in the vehicle traveling southbound. Potts and Thompson also died in the accident, as did the occupant in the northbound vehicle.

“I am devastated and saddened to learn about the tragic passing of my dear friend Jackie Walorksi and two of her staffers,” said House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA).

Elkhart County authorities are investigating the collision.

November 28, 2021

Congressman Fined $5k for Failing To Complete House Security Screening

Rep. Jim Baird (R-IN) received a $5,000 fine for allegedly failing to complete a security screening before entering the House Chamber.

Metal detectors were installed at the House Chamber’s entrance after Jan. 6. The following month, the House approved a resolution enabling the sergeant-at-arms to fine lawmakers who bypass the security measures: $5,000 the first time and $10,000 for additional offenses.

According to an internal memo, Baird “walked around the magnetometer” at a security checkpoint. A Capitol Police officer said he tried to get Baird’s attention by placing his hand on his elbow, telling the congressman he needed to go through a security screening first.

Baird allegedly “made eye contact” with the officer but “proceeded to enter the House floor.”

A spokesperson for Baird said he will appeal the fine and “believes this is a misunderstanding that he looks forward to resolving with the Ethics Committee.”

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Indiana Congressman Jim Baird fined $5,000 for bypassing House security

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