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Ind. Rep. Jackie Walorski, Who Had Anti-LGBTQ+ History, Dies in Crash

A congresswoman and several of her staff members have died in an accident on a state highway in Indiana.Rep. Jackie Walorski and two staff members were killed in a car crash Wednesday afternoon, said local authorities in Elkhart County, Ind.“It is with a heavy heart that I am sharing this statement from the Office of Congresswoman Jackie Walorski,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in an announcement on Twitter.“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.

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