Jackie Walorski

Jackie Walorski

INDIANA's 2nd DISTRICT

Walorski Announces Education Tour

2014/08/28

MISHAWAKA, IN – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) announced next week she will participate in a district-wide education tour where she will hear from education officials, community leaders, and students about ways to improve opportunities that will prepare northern Indiana students for a globally competitive workforce. For details, please contact Lindsay Jancek at 202-225-3915.  ### Read More

New U.S. 31 given a new name

2014/08/28

Michiana’s newest highway now has a new name. At least a portion of the new U.S. 31 between South Bend and Plymouth will now be known as the Richard Mangus Memorial Highway.   Mangus was a longtime member of the Indiana House of Representatives. He was not only an ardent supporter of the 31 reconstruction but he lived along the highway. Unfortunately, he didn’t live long enough to see the project completed. “You know, this was the right thing to do to name this after Dick,” said U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, (R) Indiana’s Second District. “You know, I succeeded Dick in his seat and the thing that Dick always told me was don’t let them stop this road, don’t let them stop U.S. 31 Jackie.” Mangus’ son spoke at ribbon cutting ceremonies for the highway today, proclaiming that the family home had to be relocated back in the 1950’s to accommodate the U.S. 31  project being done at that time. The new road stretches 20 miles between South Bend and Plymouth and carries a price tag of $221 million. While ceremonies today marked its completion, those who lobbied for the new highway vowed to keep fighting. “We still got 70 miles of this road that needs to be fixed,” said John Letherman of the U.S. 31 Coalition. “There’s over 200 curb cuts, there’s still six traffic signals, there’s a couple of railroad crossings. We need to build this road so that you can hit your cruise control in South Bend and not have to touch a thing until you get to 465 in Indianapolis. That’s the goal.” Read More

Pence officially opens new U.S. 31

2014/08/28

LAKEVILLE — As a crowd gathered around Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Wednesday after a portion of the new U.S. 31 was dedicated as Mangus Memorial Highway, a son of the late state Rep. Richard Mangus said he knew exactly what his father would be thinking about with the opening of the long-awaited highway. "He would be very interested in the safety," Ron Mangus said as semi-trucks zoomed by on the new road. "As I just described, the (semi)  tire going through the front window (of the family home on U.S. 31). There's countless stories of that." The new road will eventually remove 32 stoplights between South Bend and Indianapolis with its improvements around Indianapolis, South Bend to Plymouth and Kokomo, while shortening the trip from South Bend to the state capital by about 30 minutes. That would have saved his father 900 hours on the highway during his political career, Ron Mangus said, in his trips between Lakeville and Indianapolis. That time savings would not have been lost on his dad, Ron said, nor would the economic opportunities that come with a shorter, smoother drive.  Mangus, a lifelong resident of Lakeville, served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 1972 until 2004, and lived along the route. He died in 2008 before the project broke ground. Mangus was passionate about his service, U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Jimtown, said, and that included his efforts on getting the new U.S. 31 built. "Dick told me time after time after time as I drove this district with him, how important it was," she said.  "Dick saw what I saw," she added. "This road with these signs, is all about jobs in our regional area. This road is a job maker. This road allows us to again lead the transportation grid of the entire Midwest in job production." Earlier, Walorski also strongly saluted what it will mean to safety for drivers and even children on school buses.  "There were so many accidents and so many people that died on this piece of highway," Walorski said, later citing the intersection with Roosevelt Road. "One of the greater concerns that even unfolded for the last couple of years was traffic no longer even stopping for school buses," she said. "Shifting the traffic off of that road and allowing better safety, less potential for accidents and even now allowing for school buses to operate in the southern part of St. Joe County is a big deal," she said. Pence saluted safety and job creation, too. "This is a big day for the future of our state," Pence said. "It is my belief that roads mean jobs. Here in Indiana, I love to say, if you are going to put on the 'Welcome to Indiana' signs that you are the crossroads to America, you better have the roads to back it up." Also saluted several times Wednesday was the U.S. 31 Coalition, and how four people from both the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce and Greater Elkhart Chamber helped ignite in the 1980s what is now a 10-county, 30- to 35-company group that eventually got the job done. Read More

Walorski Visits Wabash County to Discuss Veterans Issues with State Senator Jim Banks, Local Vets

2014/08/28

Wabash, IN – As part of her ‘Hoosier Veterans Tour’, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) stopped in downtown Wabash today to discuss collaboration on veterans issues between local, state and federal levels. “Our Hoosier soldiers are amongst the best and brightest men and women in the Armed Forces. They have made our state proud for decades by answering the call to serve and in some cases making the ultimate sacrifice,” said Walorski. “Today was an opportunity to speak with Senator Banks, who is serving in the U.S. Navy, and other local vets to make sure our veterans who come back from service and re-enter civilian life have access to quality healthcare, education assistance and job opportunities in order to have the best quality of life.” Walorski, a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and a conferee on the House and Senate VA Conference Committee, met with U.S. Navy Reserve Officer and State Senator Jim Banks (R-Columbia City), Wabash County Veteran Service Officer Cameron Lochner, and local vets at the local Modoc’s Market in downtown Wabash. “This is an opportunity for local, state and federal officials to collaborate on vital issues facing veterans in our community,” Banks said. “Veteran matters are important to me, and I welcome any new ideas that I can bring to my colleagues in the General Assembly. I want to thank Congresswoman Walorski for arranging this meeting. By working together, we can better support our veterans and their transition back to civilian life.”  Walorski visited Wabash during her district tour in recognition of the 54,000 veterans who live in the 2nd Congressional District. Over the course of the past month, Walorski has visited VA facilities that provide care to veterans, businesses that hire veterans and companies that make products to support veterans. “From Elkhart to Warsaw, I’ve traveled to every corner of northern Indiana to see what tools our communities need to improve the lives the 54,000 veterans in my district. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to tour local VA facilities and talk to employers that hire and make products for veterans. This tour has also been an opportunity to discuss the law that was signed last week that will help veterans in rural areas in need of care,” said Walorski. Earlier this month, President Obama signed H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act, which Walorski supported as a House conferee. The legislation was drafted in response to news across the country that veterans requesting doctor appointments were placed on long waiting lists which resulted in many VA facilities falsifying and covering up wait times. The new law, which passed the House and Senate last month with overwhelming bipartisan support, gives veterans greater access to health care if they live in a rural area or must wait over 30 days to see a doctor. In addition, it provides funding for additional doctors, nurses and healthcare workers. Lastly, it gives the Secretary the authority to fire poorly performing executives, just like any other company, which is almost impossible to do under the current system. As part of her ‘Hoosier Veterans Tour’, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) met with U.S. Navy Reserve Officer and State Senator Jim Banks (R-Columbia City), and Wabash County Veteran Service Officer Cameron Lochner, today at Modoc’s Market to discuss collaboration on veterans issues between local, state and federal levels. Read More

Rep. Walorski seeks input from veterans and veterans advocates ahead of new VA bill implementation

2014/08/18

GOSHEN — U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski thinks heads need to roll and people need to be jailed over the brouhaha related to care of veterans atU.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facilities. Numerous veterans reportedly died while awaiting care at a Phoenix VA health facility, which sparked a national debate and led to the signing by President Obama last week of a reform bill to improve health care delivery at VA hospitals and clinics. It’s been a priority issue for Walorski, who took part in last Thursday’s signing ceremony, and it’s the focus of numerous planned stops she’ll make in the 2nd District during the House’s August recess, before formal proceedings resume in Washington, D.C., next month. "I think people need to go to prison,” she said Monday, Aug. 11, during a visit to the VA health clinic in Goshen. “I think a lot of people need to be fired at that executive level.” The new $16.3 billion VA bill aims to speed health care delivery to veterans, opening up options for veterans in rural areas and veterans who face waits of over 30 days to see doctors. It also contains a provision allowing for the firing of poor performing executives. More generally, Walorski, a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, said she’s trying to gather feedback from VA reps in the 2nd District ahead of implementation of the VA measure. She had other planned meetings Monday with veterans advocates in LaPorte, Knox and Winamac and intends on holding a “veterans roundtable” before the August recess ends. “I want to make sure when I go back to D.C. in September, with the passage now of a new bill that gives us a new open door, that we get everything we need in our district to serve our veterans when it comes to health,” she said. She also hopes to garner input on what veterans need, beyond just improved health care. ”We’re all over the district to say, from a holistic perspective, what do our veterans need, for better quality of life and to remain productive and to have the promises fulfilled that the country made to them,“ she said. Denise Deitzen, director of the VA’s Northern Indiana Health Care System, met with Walorski Monday as part of her visit. The Northern Indiana Health Care System, based in Fort Wayne, is the umbrella group that oversees the Goshen clinic and other northern Indiana VA facilities. ”I am very excited about the passing of this law,“ Deitzen said. Among the key issues here, she said, are making sure construction of aplanned new clinic in South Bend moves ahead and increasing funding for mental health care and care coordination. Funding is locked in for the South Bend project, originally to have been completed in 2015, but construction is on hold, she said. Read More

Plymouth Vietnam vets meet with congresswoman Jackie Walorski

2014/08/18

PLYMOUTH -After decades of neglect and oversight, it seems Uncle Sam is finally turning his ear, making good on the promise to take care of soldiers returning from war.  The VA has announced more than 60 Indiana counties will be getting $4.6 million in grants. The money will go towards fighting homelessness among former and returning soldiers. This comes on the heels of the a sweeping bill last week to overhaul the VA.  In Plymouth, Indiana Congresswoman (Republican) Jackie Walorski met with local veterans to talk about what is, and what isn't, working in her district.  "So help me I'm not gonna walk into a hospital unless I need it, said Vietnam army veteran Larry Kareichbaum. His kidneys are failing, something he attributes to Agent Orange exposure. Now he visits a hospital three times a week for dialysis.  "I'm not a beggar," said Kareichbaum. "But I gave my youth to the government. And I was proud of it. And now I'm an old man and I got dialysis, and health problems. I'd like a little bit of that back." Kareichbaum joined three other veterans at senior living facility Miller's Merry Manor in Plymouth today to meet with Walorski.  "Most states in this country can't relate to the number of veterans that Indiana has," said Walorski. "Which means that we take it seriously."     Walorski sits on the committee charged with overhauling the VA. "Just because the president signed the bill," said Walorski. "And we have a new VA secretary, doesn't mean this fight is over. I sit on the committee of jurisdiction. Our work is just beginning." One of Walorski's biggest issues moving forward will be getting younger vets to enroll in the VA as soon as they leave active service, even if they're healthy and have private insurance.  Another gap Walorski says the government needs to fix is access to care in rural areas.   "You just don't go down to Indianapolis to Roudebush and walk in the door, turn around, and walk out two minutes later," said Vietnam army veteran Roy Thomas. "You're there all day." Thomas suffers from oral and throat cancer - also likely caused by Agent Orange exposure. He served in the same infantry alongside Kareichbaum. He says his fellow vets should be able to visit local hospitals if they live further than 40 miles from a VA center. "There ain't no doctors here that can't do whatever..." said Thomas. Despite a homecoming from Vietnam fraught with under-appreciation and neglect, all of the vets said they felt hopeful after Walorski's visit.   Read More

Veteran meets Walorski on tour

2014/08/18

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-2nd District, stopped by Ivy Tech Community College in Rochester Tuesday as part of her “Hoosier Veterans Tour.” She discussed the Post 9-11 GI Bill, legislation she supported, that expands educational opportunities for veterans. Melissa Dwight and Brenda Hamilton were there representing Ivy Tech Kokomo and Logansport campuses as the veterans affairs advisers. Dwight said veterans are living with the demons of the past, living with current demons in everyday life, and so it can be a difficult struggle to come back and focus on school. The Kokomo campus employs veterans “so a veteran can walk in the office and have somebody they can relate to,” Dwight told Walorski about veterans using the GI Bill’s education benefits. Part of Walorski’s two-day tour included a stop at Alcoa in LaPorte. Walorski said the company matches up veterans’ skills with how they will match up for use in civilian companies. Walorski said it’s time to address the mental health care aspect for veterans. Rochester resident and veteran Kevin Morrow was at the Rochester Learning Center. He said he’s a brittle diabetic and requires an insulin pump. He said he’s at the top of the list for a new FDA-approved pump, but he doesn’t think it’s available to veterans yet. “The VA is very slow when it comes to adapting to new technology,” Walorski said, because the system is so big. She told Morrow she will go back to Washington and say they need to get the VA to fast track things when it comes to new health care. “We get a lot of complaints in the district office about chronic pain management,” she said. Walorski said, “I think the solution will end up being community based,” in reference to how and where veterans can receive medical care. She said the VA committee, of which she is a member of, is “one of the most bi-partisan committees” because members have fought to be on the committee and they’re fighting for veterans. On Thursday Walorski attended the presidential billsigning ceremony for H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability and Tranparency Act. She told Morrow she will come back to her Rochester office and meet with him to discuss resolving the problems regarding his veteran benefits. Read More

Walorski stops in La Porte County For “Hoosier Veterans Tour”

2014/08/18

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski stopped in La Porte Monday at Alcoa Howmet as part of the “Hoosier Veterans Tour,” a district-wide tour. During the visit to Alcoa, Walorski toured the facility with La Porte Mayor Blair Milo, who is a U.S. Navy veteran.   “I want to extend my appreciation to Alcoa Howmet, for making products our military utilizes and for hiring our Hoosier soldiers, who are among the best and brightest in the Armed Forces. Our men and women have made our state proud for decades by answering the call to serve and Alcoa is another example of a Hoosier company helping translate skills from the military to the civilian workplace,” Walorski said. She visited the facility during her two-day district tour in recognition of the 54,000 veterans that live in the 2nd Congressional District. Over the course the tour, Walorski, a member of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Conference Committee and member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will tour VA faculties that provide care to veterans, businesses that hire veterans and companies that make products to support veterans. “From Elkhart to Warsaw, I’m traveling to every corner of northern Indiana to see what tools our communities need to improve the lives the 54,000 veterans in my district. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to tour local VA facilities and talk to employers that hire and make products for veterans. I’ll also have a chance to discuss the law that was signed last week that will help veterans in rural areas in need of care,” said Walorski. Last week, President Obama signed H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act, which Walorski supported as a House conferee. The legislation was drafted in response to news across the country that veterans requesting doctor appointments were put on long waiting lists which resulted in many VA facilities falsifying and covering up wait times. The new law, which passed the House and Senate last week with overwhelming bipartisan support, gives veterans greater access to health care if they live in a rural area or must wait over 30 days to see a doctor. In addition, it provides funding for additional doctors, nurses and healthcare workers. Lastly, it gives the Secretary the authority to fire poorly performing executives, just like any other company, which is almost impossible to do under the current system. Read More

Congresswoman Walorski Visits Veterans at Miller’s Assisted

2014/08/18

U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Walorski stopped at Miller’s Assisted Living during her Veterans Tour through counties in her district. She arrived at Miller’s on Tuesday precisely at noon and greeted the Miller’s residents while they enjoyed their mid-day meal. After spending time greeting and visiting with those in attendance she then joined a group of veterans in the facility Recreation Center. Walorski talked about the bill that has been signed into law that will begin to reform the Department of Veteran Affairs(VA). “While in Congress I have worked with my colleagues on a number of initiatives to provide veterans with better access to the services and benefits they have earned”, stated Walorski. She then listened while the veterans present shared their experiences and concerns with the VA. Walorski responded to their concerns in a genuine and caring manner while her assistant took notes on problems Walorski promised to address. Walorski also reminded the veterans they “are not in this alone”. Any veteran who has a problem and is not getting results was invited to call Walorski’s office and ask for help. Walorski assured them “that’s what we are here for”.   Read More

Walorski visits Peru VA clinic

2014/08/18

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Elkhart, visited Peru’s Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) for veterans Tuesday morning as part of her two-day “Hoosier Veterans Tour.” Walorski said the visit was “a follow-up” on $16.3 billion legislation that overhauled the Veterans Affairs Department. Read More

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Budget

Veterans Affairs

Armed Services

Jackie Walorski is a lifelong Hoosier born and raised in South Bend.

Jackie has dedicated her career to helping Hoosier families. As the daughter of an Air Force Veteran and South Bend Firefighter, Jackie learned the value of public service at a young age. Her parents also established a family-owned appliance repair shop, teaching Jackie the challenges and fulfillment of operating a small business.

Jackie attended Riley High School and graduated with a BA from Taylor University.  As her first job out of college, she worked as a reporter for WSBT-TV, covering community issues ranging from education to crime.  Inspired to get more involved in the education system, Jackie later worked as a Development Director for local colleges and universities to improve educational access for Hoosier students.

In 1995, she married her husband Dean, a Mishawaka schoolteacher and jazz musician.  Shortly after, the couple moved abroad to Romania for 4 years, founding their own agency and local foundation to help provide much-needed medical supplies to the country’s impoverished children.

Jackie is grateful to serve the people of Indiana’s Second District in the 113th Congress, where she serves on the House Armed Services, Budget, and Veterans’ Affairs Committees. She is honored to serve the brave men and women of our Armed Forces in many ways, including improved support for our nation’s veterans. Using some Hoosier common sense, Jackie welcomes the opportunity to work across the aisle to get our fiscal house in order and create American jobs.

Jackie currently resides in Jimtown with her husband Dean, mother Martha, and their 3 dogs.


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