Jackie Walorski

Jackie Walorski


Fox 28: Congresswoman Jackie Walorski reacts to President's speech on ISIS


Washington DC: Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (D - 2nd District), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, released this statement following President Obama's address to the nation on the Islamic State of Iraq and ISIL: “While I agree with the president on the destruction of ISIL, there are many questions that have been left unanswered. Tonight's message was an ‘about face' from the presidents' previous comments about the growing threat of terrorism. In fact, the lack of leadership from the administration has led to a foreign policy vacuum which groups like ISIL have filled.  I firmly believe that Congress must have a say in any major decision of war and peace because the American people must have a voice. That's why I'll be participating in a classified briefing tomorrow morning to gather more information and going back to my district to hear from Hoosiers. I'm also supporting a measure to revoke U.S. citizens' passports that are affiliated with foreign terrorist organizations. Traitors who have turned against America and joined the ranks of the terrorist army like ISIL should not be permitted to return to the United States to potentially inflict harm at home. I remain committed to the defense of this nation and believe that Congressional oversight of the president's decisions are crucial.” Read More

South Bend Tribune: Walorski condemns Obama administration on Taliban prisoner release


U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski spoke Tuesday in support of a resolution condemning the Obama administration for the release of five Taliban prisoners in exchange for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The resolution passed by a vote of 249-163, with 22 Democrats joining all Republicans to support the resolution. “I have serious concerns when the president deliberately ignores Congress, negotiates with terrorists and violates the law, which requires that he consult with Congress before releasing detainees,” Walorski said during a speech on the House floor. “In any major decision of peace and war, Congress must have a say, because the American people must have a voice,” Walorski said. “As we continue to face many tough decisions over how to best protect Americans at home and abroad, Congress should be an active participant in decision-making.” Bergdahl, who fell into enemy hands after walking off base in Afghanistan in 2009, was freed in May in exchange for the release of five Taliban soldiers to the country of Qatar. Read More

STATEMENT: Walorski Reaction to President’s Speech on Islamic State


WASHINGTON D.C. - Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02), member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after hearing President Obama’s address to the nation on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL):   “While I agree with the president on the destruction of ISIL, there are many questions that have been left unanswered. Tonight’s message was an ‘about face’ from the presidents’ previous comments about the growing threat of terrorism. In fact, the lack of leadership from the administration has led to a foreign policy vacuum which groups like ISIL have filled.  I firmly believe that Congress must have a say in any major decision of war and peace because the American people must have a voice. That’s why I’ll be participating in a classified briefing tomorrow morning to gather more information and going back to my district to hear from Hoosiers. I’m also supporting a measure to revoke U.S. citizens’ passports that are affiliated with foreign terrorist organizations. Traitors who have turned against America and joined the ranks of the terrorist army like ISIL should not be permitted to return to the United States to potentially inflict harm at home. I remain committed to the defense of this nation and believe that Congressional oversight of the president’s decisions are crucial.”   ### Read More

Warsaw Times Union: Congresswoman Walorski Tours Ivy Tech Warsaw


Second District U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Walorski toured the Ivy Tech Warsaw Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Facility Wednesday. The stop in Warsaw was during her two day district-wide “Hoosier Education Tour.”  She spent Wednesday and today touring the district hearing from education officials, community leaders and students about ways to “improve opportunities that will prepare northern Indiana students for a competitive workforce,” according to information from her office. Walorski met Wednesday with Tom Till, Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center director of advanced manufacturing; Thomas Coley, chancellor; and Seelpa Keshvala, Ivy Tech Warsaw campus president.  Walorski said one of the things Congress has found with legislation that comes through the House and Senate over the last year and a half is the issue of making sure there is a skilled work force.  “One of the reasons we are stopping here today at Ivy Tech is to look at the orthopedic industry and these programs Ivy Tech offers that say how can we tie skilled workers and skilled young people coming out of high school into this industry,” Walorski said. Walorski said the goal is to employ Hoosiers with “incredibly good jobs,” longevity of jobs and stop the brain drain and manufacturing drain into Europe and other parts of the world. “If we can supply the work force and they are skilled that is the number one issue CEOs are looking for,” Walorski said. Walorski said Wednesday she learned about the specific training for the orthopedic industry. “Ivy Tech has specialized training and certificate programs specifically for the orthopedic industry and for those who want to get into the manufacturing industry will be able to be a part of the certificate programs and train with the actual machines they will be working on when hired,” Walorski said. Till gave Walorski a tour of the facility. He said the purpose of the facility is to provide real-world training for the orthopedic, automotive, aerospace, machining and manufacturing industries. The machining training is the most popular program with 16 and 26-week programs where students can earn a technical certificate in machining, a one-year degree, and an associates degree in applied science, a two-year degree. “Students will learn about all different aspects of machining and manufacturing that will prepare them for a job with our local workforce or any workforce in the country,” Till said. Till said Walorski visiting the facility Wednesday shows that she is interested in learning about what they offer and take that back to Washington. “Everyone who comes through this facility is a potential sales person for our programs and we know there is a huge need for the type of training we provide,” Till said. “There is a significant number of baby boomers who will be retiring in the next five to 10 years and we need to be able to provide training to the folks who can go in and backfill those positions.” Read More

WKVI: Walorski Tours SCILL Center Welding Lab


U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski is impressed with the workforce training that’s taking place at the SCILL Center welding lab. She stopped there yesterday as part of her district-wide education tour. “One of the really competitive industries right now all over the country is this issue of welding,” Walorski said. ” We’ve had so many companies say to us ‘We need welders. We need welders. We need welders.’ My staff told me what’s going on here at the SCILL Center in Knox, and I couldn’t wait to get here just to see how it works. Walorski added the program is fantastic. “It’s young people coming through the high school, partnerships with companies made ahead of time, incredible, very relevant teaching, good products, good machinery, and allowing them to feed into these companies with ready-made jobs. That’s exactly what the country’s looking for is how can we develop the skills for people to get good-paying, lifelong jobs.” Walorski said she’s pleased with the partnerships that continue to make the SCILL Center welding program possible. “The school corporation couldn’t do it by itself. The corporate community couldn’t do it by itself, but when you start putting everyone together in a vested interest to say we’re going to produce welders, and we’re going to employ welders, what a great story. The story should be told at the national level.” Read More

WTCA: Congresswoman Visits PHS


Congresswoman Jackie Walorski made a stop at Plymouth High School on Thursday as part of her northern Indiana educational tour. While at PHS, Walorski was able to see the school’s most progressive programs including Project Lead the Way, ITAMCO Manufacturing Center (precision manufacturing classroom) and Weidner School of Inquiry. PHS Principal Jim Condon said, “The common theme between the programs the Congresswoman visited today is the development of partnerships between PHS, local businesses, and post secondary education, specifically Ivy Tech, as we prepare today’s high school students for tomorrow’s opportunities.” Walorski was able to get first hand information the programs from Scott Kaser, Ivy Tech instructor who oversees the ITAMCO program; Rich Schiebar, instructor for PLTW; and Jennifer Felke and Michael Delp, co-directors of the WSOI. She also met with Albert Hanselman, CTE director. ITAMCO students can receive dual credit through Ivy Tech for a successful completion of the program. Project Lead the Way instruction is centered on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and Weidner School of Inquiry offers students the opportunity to work cooperatively on projects. The students in WSOI just completed a project on WWII veterans.       Read More

LaPorte Herald Argus: Walorski makes stop at South La Porte County Special Education Cooperative


La PORTE — While visiting the South La Porte County Special Education Cooperative on Thursday, U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-District 2, related a story about her first serious encounter with a child with special needs. It was in 2004. She had recently been elected to the Indiana State House, and the call from a hysterical mother had been transferred to her cell phone. Recognizing the urgency in the mother's voice, she agreed to visit the house, and soon found herself holding the young mom as the autistic son was in a "full blown meltdown." "I learned on that day that this issue is 'our' issue," she said, "it's our nation's issue." She said she has since fought hard for special education funding. On Thursday, she visited the co-op and its facilities in La Porte High School as part of a two-day tour of educational programs in the northern part of the state, the purpose being to learn about their successes and their needs, and to bring the information back to Congress. In La Porte, she visited the co-op's preschool; its mild, emotional and extreme disabilities classes; and its community-based class; and met with the president of its Parent Teacher Association-Parents that Share. There are nearly 1,500 students in the cooperative, which employs 97 teachers and 50 paraprofessionals. Walorski said her husband is a public school teacher in Mishawaka, so she was familiar with the stacks of Individualized Education Programs educators most go through for special needs children. She said she became particularly involved with autism because of the astounding numbers. "If this were any other issue other than education," she said, "we would call it an epidemic. We would find a solution because the American people would demand it." Co-op director Paula Nichols said she hopes Walorski's visit will further help special education. "If more people in our state and country realize the needs of people with special needs," she said, "then maybe we can more forward and do better things for that group of people. I think sometimes they are being left behind." During her visit, Walorski was shown rooms where the co-op's occupational and physical therapy equipment was held, as well as a sensory area for kids with autism. But Nichols noted that despite these accomplishments, the coop was still in need of funding and equipment. "We constantly have students move in with physical disabilities or extreme behavioral disabilities," she said, "and we need more equipment for them and those things can run between $5,000 to $20,000." She said the co-op spent $15,000 of stimulus money several years ago to purchase an adult changing table. So those items were expensive. But she did mention that some community groups, like Louie's Little Angels out of Louie's Cafe, helped raise much needed funding for the kids. Nichols said the co-op is also looking for a new building to house its early childhood development program, as well as its UNITY program for students between the ages of 18 and 22 years of age, and those children with extreme learning disabilities. She noted that the lease for the UNITY program's current facility will be up pretty soon. Walorski said she wants to draw more attention to autism and continue to work in a bipartisan fashion in Congress to find a solution. "I do believe there is a solution within our reach," she said, "but part of that is educating the entire nation on the fact that it just isn't about if you have a child that's in need. This is about a nation that's embracing families and working together to find a way that we can actually say we've done something about this in our generation." Read More

Walorski Announces Education Tour


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


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


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

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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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