I am committed to bringing Hoosier common sense to Washington and working across the aisle to achieve bipartisan solutions. I work every day to grow our economy, strengthen our national security, and ensure our veterans get the services and care they earned.
As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, I am committed to fixing our broken tax code, improving health care to put patients first, expanding opportunities for businesses to grow and create good jobs, and helping individuals and families lift themselves out of poverty.
I am also a member of several Congressional caucuses, which provide forums for Members of Congress to work together to study key topics, draw attention to relevant issues, and achieve legislative solutions.
- Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic
- Coalition for Autism Research & Education
- Congressional Air Force Caucus
- Congressional Aluminum Caucus
- Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus
- Congressional Boating Caucus
- Congressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkish Relations and Turkish Americans
- Congressional Caucus on Women’s Issues
- Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports
- Congressional Chemistry Caucus
- Congressional Coal Caucus
- Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
- Congressional Financial Security and Life Insurance Caucus
- Congressional Higher Education Caucus
- Congressional Job Creators’ Caucus
- Congressional Military Mental Health Caucus
- Congressional Recreational Vehicle Caucus
- Congressional Romania Caucus
- Congressional Rural Veterans Caucus
- Congressional School Choice Caucus
- Congressional Small Business Caucus
- Congressional Singapore Caucus
- Congressional Songwriters Caucus
- Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus
- Congressional STEAM Caucus
- Congressional Steel Caucus
- Congressional Taiwan Caucus
- Congressional Veterans Job Caucus
- Defense Communities Caucus
- Government Efficiency Caucus
- House Democracy Partnership
- House General Aviation Caucus
- House Great Lakes Caucus
- House Manufacturing Caucus
- House Republican Israel Caucus
- House Rural Education Caucus
- International Religious Freedom Caucus
- Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus
- Republican Study Committee
- Republican Women’s Policy Committee
- Veterinary Medicine Caucus
Jacqueline R. Walorski (born August 13, 1963) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Indiana's 2nd congressional district since 2013. She is a member of the Republican Party, and she was a member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing Indiana's 21st district, from 2005 to 2010. In 2010, Walorski won the Republican nomination for Indiana's 2nd congressional district, but narrowly lost in the general election to Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly. In 2012, Walorski went on to win the open seat.
Early life, education, and career
Born in South Bend, Indiana on August 13, 1963, Walorski grew up with her two older brothers in the city's Gilmer Park neighborhood. Her mother, Martha C. (née Martin), worked as a meat cutter at a local grocery store, and her father, Raymond B. Walorski, worked as a firefighter and owned an appliance store. She has Polish and German ancestry. As a child, she attended Hay Elementary School and graduated from Riley High School in 1981. She then attended Liberty Baptist College from 1981–83, and graduated from Taylor University, receiving her B.A. in Communications and Public Administration in 1985.
Walorski began her career as a television reporter for WSBT-TV, a CBS affiliate in South Bend, from 1985 to 1989, and was the executive director of the St. Joseph County Humane Society from 1989-91. Walorski was appointed as the director of institutional advancement at Ancilla College in 1991, a position she held until she was appointed as the director of membership at the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce in 1996. She later worked as the director of annual giving at Indiana University South Bend from 1997-99.
Walorski moved to Romania in 2000 and founded Impact International; a foundation to provide medical supplies and attention to impoverished children. Walorski did Christian missionary work in Romania before returning to the U.S. in 2004.
Indiana House of Representatives
In 2004, Walorski ran for a seat in the Indiana House of Representatives after incumbent Republican State Representative Richard Mangus of decided to retire. She ran for Indiana's 21st District, a district which represented the suburban area between South Bend and Elkhart. Walorski defeated Democrat Carl H. Kaser 64%–36%. In 2006, she won a second term with 53% of the vote. In 2008, she won a third term unopposed.
During her tenure in the Indiana House, Walorski was a sponsor of Indiana's Voter ID law, requiring voters to present Government issued identification during in person voting. The Voter ID law led to many lawsuits and was brought before the Supreme Court, where the law was upheld in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, and is cited as helping the expansion of Voter ID laws in other states.
Walorski has been criticized for missing a committee vote and the opportunity for stopping the Daylight Saving Time bill from passing out of committee, even though that bill died on the House floor. After a different bill passed introducing DST, she authored and introduced a bill to rescind DST, a measure that ended up dying.
Walorski authored legislation combating identity theft, including in 2006 when she sponsored a bill requiring companies to notify customers who are Indiana residents, of any security breaches that could cause identity theft, identity deception or fraud, and making it a Class C felony and imposing a $50,000 fine on anyone who has the identities of over 100 persons. With Walorski saying that "Identity theft is the most rapidly growing crime in the United States. We need to find a solution to this problem before it gets any bigger in Indiana."
Walorski voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
Walorski became active in the caucus and was appointed as Assistant Floor Leader. She served on the Family, Children, & Human Affairs and the Public Policy committees.
U.S. House of Representatives
See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Indiana, 2010 § District 2
On January 31, 2009, Walorski formally announced her bid to challenge incumbent Democratic U.S. Congressman Joe Donnelly in Indiana's 2nd congressional district. Walorski won the Republican primary on May 4, 2010 with 61% of the votes, defeating opponents Martin Dolan, Jack Jordan, and Tony Zirkle. She was defeated, 48%–47% on November 2, 2010 by Donnelly.
See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Indiana, 2012 § District 2
On March 22, 2011, Walorski announced that she would run for Indiana's 2nd Congressional District again. Over the Indiana legislature's 2011-2013 legislative session, the predominantly Republican Indiana House and Senate redrew Indiana's congressional districts. After redistricting, the newly drawn 2nd district included all Elkhart County, Walorski's home county, and the demographics of the new district included more registered Republican voters. 
Incumbent Democratic Congressman Joe Donnelly decided not to seek re-election, opting instead to run for the U.S. Senate. Walorski ran against Libertarian candidate Joe Ruiz of Mishawaka and Democratic candidate Brendan Mullen of Granger, an Iraq War veteran.
On May 8, 2012, Walorski easily won the primary election with 73% of the vote, winning all 10 counties in the 2nd District. Many articles have been written about Walorski's role as a woman running for Congress.
Walorski defeated Mullen 49%–48%. She took office on January 3, 2013. At the same time, Donnelly was elected to the Senate.
Walorski is a strong supporter of a balanced budget amendment and has advocated privatizing Social Security. In March 2010 she said, “I think the one thing we have to do is the thing that Bush actually tried to do a couple years ago, which is privatize Social Security and allow people to invest in their own retirement.” She received endorsements from the National Federation of Small Business and the U.S. and Indiana Chambers of Commerce.
Walorski voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. She supports Trump's healthcare plan and his tax reform plan.
In 2015, Walorski rejected the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a bill banning Late termination of pregnancy, an abortion procedure given beyond 20 weeks into a pregnancy. In 2013, Walorski had said she would support a ban on late-term abortions.
Walorski has a 63 percent rating from Heritage Action for America based on her conservative voting record.
Walorski has a 69 percent rating from the National Association of Police Organizations for her voting record regarding legislature of importance to police.
Energy & oil
Walorski supports expanded gas and oil exploration in the United States and offshore energy production.
While serving in the Indiana House of Representatives, Walorski received a "A" rating from the National Rifle Association for her gun-related voting record. Walorski opposes restrictions on gun purchases and any restrictions related to the Second Amendment.
Walorski favors repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"). She supports market-based health insurance.
Walorski supports balanced budget amendments.
Walorski joined other members of Congress in opposing China's harvesting of organs from Falun Gong prisoners.
Walorski supported President Donald Trump's 2017 executive order to impose a temporary ban on entry to the U.S. to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. She believes that it "will allow our national security officials to examine the vetting process and strengthen safeguards to prevent terrorists from entering our homeland."
Walorski is pro-life. She opposes federal and state money from funding abortion and churches providing birth control. She supports efforts to notify parents or guardians when a minor has an abortion.
Walorski has a "D" rating from NORML for her voting history regarding cannabis-related causes. Walorski opposes veterans having access to medical marijuana if recommended by their Veterans Health Administration doctor and if it is legal for medicinal purposes in their state of residence.
Walorski opposes same-sex marriage.
In 1995, Walorski married her husband, Dean Swihart, a schoolteacher in Mishawaka. She resides in Jimtown, an unincorporated suburban community west of Elkhart, and is a member of Hope City Church, an Assemblies of Godmegachurch in South Bend.
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