Who is Dean Swihart, exactly? The attention is on Jackie Walorski’s partner when the Indiana lawmaker passes suddenly at age 58.

On August 3, 2022, Representative Jackie Walorski of Indiana and two of her staff members died in a car accident. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted a confirmation of her passing.

He outlined how Walorski’s husband Dean Swihart had been the first to learn the terrible news, and he pleaded for everyone to remember her family in their prayers:

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

She has returned home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Please keep her family in mind while you pray.

A northbound driver struck Walorski’s automobile head-on in Indiana when she was in a car with two of her staff employees, District Director Zachery Potts and Communications Director Emma Thomson. The Sheriff’s Office for Elkhart County provided this information.

Edith Schmucker, the driver of the other vehicle, was also pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

In addition to paying tribute to Jackie Walorski’s public service, US President Joe Biden released the following statement on her passing:

Despite the fact that we may have represented opposite parties and had divergent opinions on many issues, she was appreciated for her work by members of both parties. Her sincere concern for the issues facing rural America has made her an invaluable collaborator for my staff and me as we get ready for the historic White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health this fall.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi referred to Walorski as a “lifelong Hoosier” and said that she had lived a “life of service” in the interim:

“Congresswoman Walorski, a native Hoosier, dedicated a life of service, whether it was providing for less fortunate kids in Romania, advocating for her community in the Indiana Statehouse, or serving for more than ten years in the House.”

She said that Walorski was loved and respected by her associates in the two main political parties in the United States:

She was respected for her personal kindness by colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and she ardently championed the interests of her constituents in north Indiana in Congress.

Pelosi also ordered the flags at the US Capitol to fly at half-staff in Walorski’s honor. The Republican representative’s husband, Dean Swihart, is still alive. She was 58 years old when she passed away.

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

Walorski’s official website highlighted that Swihart and her husband both previously served as missionaries in Romania and spent four years administering a charity to “give food and medical supplies to needy children there,” despite the fact that little is known about Swihart’s private life.

Walorski uploaded an old photo of herself and Swihart discussing their prior careers as Christian missionaries in 2014. Before the Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat game in Indianapolis on Easter Sunday of 2015, Swihart sang the US National Anthem in front of a crowd of around 8,000 fans.

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