WASHINGTON (WANE) – The House of Representatives passed a bill on Friday to name a clinic in Mishawaka, Indiana after late Representative Jackie Walorski. Walorski, her communications director Emma Thomson and her district director Zach Potts died in a car accident on Wednesday.
The bipartisan resolution named the Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic in Mishawaka, Indiana the “Jackie Walorski VA Clinic.” Walorski served on the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs for two terms.
The Indiana state delegation introduced a bill Sunday, August 7. It was passed with unanimous consent.
Representative Jim Banks said this about the bill when it was first introduced:
“I can think of a no more fitting tribute than to name a VA facility in Indiana’s 2nd district after my friend Rep. Jackie Walorski. Jackie fought tirelessly to serve veterans in her district and renaming this facility in her honor ensures Rep. Walorski’s legacy of public service will live on for a long time to come.”
Along with the entire Indiana delegation, Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, Republican Whip Steve Scalise, House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, Ranking Member Michael McCaul, and Rep. Ann Wagner joined this legislation as original cosponsors.
Banks said this about the passing of the bill:
“Today was a sad day in Congress without my friend Jackie Walorski. Her presence was sorely missed by all who knew her. Rep. Walorski was a fierce advocate for the veterans in her district and it is my hope naming the Mishawaka VA clinic in her honor will help preserve her legacy as one of our nation’s finest public servants. I want to thank Leader McCarthy for his help in securing the passage of this legislation and Speaker Pelosi for bringing this bill up for a vote.”