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House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on the tragic death of Congresswoman Jackie Walorski:

“This news is absolutely devastating. Jackie was a dear friend, trusted advisor, and the embodiment of integrity who achieved the admiration and respect of all her colleagues in the House. She was passionate about empowering children and families in Indiana and around the world to thrive. Her experience running a foundation in Romania that provided food and medical supplies to needy children clearly informed her time in Congress. Whether she was fighting for justice for fentanyl victims or advocating for educational choice for children, she always put others first.

“When there was a vacancy for Republican leader of the Ethics Committee, she was my first call. Everyone who knew Jackie knows she was tough, but fair – a no nonsense, straight shooter who knew that Congress must reflect the will of the people with decency and honesty. The House will greatly miss Jackie’s compassion, dedication, and integrity, but we should all seek to honor her memory by living our lives with the same commitment to others that Jackie lived hers.

“I spoke with Dean and offered my deepest condolences and also share those with the families of Zachery Potts and Emma Thomson. Like Jackie, they were committed to making the country a better place and represent what it means to be a true public servant.”