Jackie Walorski

Jackie Walorski


FOX 28 - Walorski tours local manufacturers


Congresswomen Jackie Walorski went on a tour around northern Indiana Tuesday, stopping at manufacturing businesses to talk to business owners about how they have grown and become successful in the region. Walorski said she has heard from many business owners who say their businesses continue to grow when the government stays out of their way. "They did what they do best," Walorski said, "which is, they are entrepreneurs, they are creative and they started companies on their own, way back in the day; These are the type of CEO's that say, you know what, if government would just stay out of my line of work, I will continue to do what I do, I will continue to build a great company, I will expand jobs, and will continue to be a huge community supporter." Walorski toured the Hoosier Tire warehouse in Lakeville, talking to workers and staff before heading to Argos.      Walorski visits Hoosier Tire in Lakeville     Read More

WTCA: Walorski Completes Day 1 of ‘Made in Indiana Tour’


As part of her ‘Made in Indiana Tour’, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) Tuesday visited several counties in her district, touring local businesses and speaking with employees, in an effort to learn more about how each company is successfully contributing to northern Indiana’s economy. “Local, homegrown businesses are the backbone of the Hoosier economy and I know that supporting their growth is the quickest way to create new, good paying jobs here in northern Indiana,” said Walorski. “This is an opportunity to meet with business owners and their second and third generation employees throughout the district and highlight local Hoosier-made products that continue to strengthen the economic base of our community and allow Indiana to be a leader in the national economy.” Over the course of the day, Walorski visited businesses, all established in Indiana, in an effort to highlight the importance of products made locally as a contributing factor to the strength of Indiana’s economy. Walorski visited Jayco in Elkhart County, the largest family-owned and operated RV manufacturer in North America; Hoosier Racing Tire in St. Joseph County, the largest race tire manufacturer in the world; ITAMCO in Marshall County, a family-owned and operated gear manufacturer that has a local partnership with Plymouth High School and Ivy Tech to offer Precision Tool Manufacturing Training; American Oak Preserving Company in Starke County, a home accent manufacturer that sells craft décor items in Hobby Lobby and Walmart stores across the country; Paarlberg Farms, a Red Gold Tomato grower in LaPorte County, one of the top performing growers of Red Gold tomatoes that has received the Red Gold Master Grower Award numerous times. “Not only do local businesses provide the success stories of the future, but they present new employment opportunities and serve as the building blocks of Americas’ largest corporations. I want to thank each of these businesses for working selflessly to better improve our industries and ensure they have the support necessary to continue doing what they do best – growing the Hoosier economy.” Today Walorski will continue her tour and visit Wabash, Miami and Fulton counties. Read More

WKVI - Walorski Visits American Oak Preserving Company on Home Grown Business Tour


U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski’s “Home Grown Business Tour” brought her to American Oak Preserving Company in North Judson yesterday. President and Chairman of the Board Charles Vorm represents the third generation to run the company since his grandfather founded it in 1916. His three daughters assist in the day-to-day operations of the business. Walorski says it’s important for members of Congress to listen to successful business owners in their districts. She says a lot of CEO’s and other business representatives come to Washington and tell members of Congress they would do just fine with less government interference and regulation. “It’s our quickest way to economic recovery and job creation,” Walorski said after touring the North Judson operation. She added family-owned businesses like American Oak set a great example. Walorski says family-owned businesses like American Oak set a great example. “They’ve ridden through hard markets, they’ve been very successful, and when they expand they hire local people. More importantly when these Indiana products are sold, whether they’re sold locally or they go into a different country, that money comes back into this community. The beneficiaries of the revenue, the beneficiaries of that economic impact, comes right back to this community and right back to the state of Indiana,” she said. “Entrepreneurs – the parents and grandparents of these people here today – they had a vision, and worked hard and have sustained for how many generations now. I think people need to know that. I’m proud that these companies are in our state. I’m proud that they’ve stayed in these counties where they were birthed, and the kind of jobs they’ve produced and the kind of atmosphere they’ve made for our communities,” Walorski said. American Oak President and Chairman of the Board Charles Vorm and U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski Read More

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - Stutzman, Walorski back RV industry with bill


Brian Francisco | The Journal Gazette Reps. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, and Jackie Walorski, R-2nd, announced Thursday they have introduced legislation aimed at preventing recreational vehicles from being regulated as manufactured housing. The RV industry, which is concentrated in Elkhart County, fears it could face more restrictive taxing, zoning and consumer lending rules if certain vehicles are considered manufactured housing and regulated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. A recent HUD memo stated that the agency in April will begin counting porches on new park model RVs as part of the agency's 400-square-foot exemption limit for RVs. RVs currently are regulated by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. “Indiana’s robust RV industry should not have to fear that Washington bureaucrats will suddenly change the rules on them,” Stutzman said Thursday in a statement. His and Walorski’s bill is House Resolution 5658 and titled the Recreational Vehicle Certaintly Act of 2014. They said their bill defines RVs "to ensure that they clearly and consistently remain distinct products from manufactured homes." Read More

Walorski Introduces Recreational Vehicle Certainty Act of 2014


Walorski Introduces Recreational Vehicle Certainty Act of 2014 Legislation to clearly and consistently define RVs in the law   Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), co-founder of the Congressional Recreational Vehicle Caucus, issued the follow statement after the recent introduction of H.R. 5658, The Recreational Vehicle Certainty Act of 2014 with Rep. Marlin Stutzman.   “The Recreational Vehicle (RV) industry currently faces a regulatory nightmare and in the RV Capital of the World – Elkhart County, this issue could have a substantial negative impact. RV manufacturers currently lack clarity on interpretation of RV classes, forcing them to rely on bureaucratic interpretation,” Walorski said.  “Since 2008, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has been working with Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to clarify the definition of RVs and make it crystal clear what an RV is and is not. Since HUD has still not provided this clarity, the industry has continued operating as it always had, until a memo released last month created more confusion about the definition of an RV. Now, the legislation I have co-sponsored with Rep. Stutzman will give Congress an opportunity to once and for all clarify the distinction between RVs and manufactured housing, helping our RV industry in Indiana continue to thrive and succeed.”   “For nearly a decade, HUD and Congress have failed to clearly define policy for RVS,” Stutzman said. “The legislation I introduced with Congresswoman Walorski ends the confusion for RV manufacturers, consumers, and lenders, by simplifying and establishing one clear standard in the law for RVs. Indiana’s robust RV industry should not have to fear that Washington bureaucrats will suddenly change the rules on them. The certainty provided by our bill will protect important American businesses and thousands of Hoosier jobs.”   Background on H.R. 5658 The Recreational Vehicle Certainty Act of 2014   The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has the authority to strictly regulate the construction of manufactured homes, formerly known as mobile homes. Importantly, Recreational Vehicles (RVs), are built by and follow their own successful industry standards. This legislation officially codifies a single, simple definition of RVs to ensure that they clearly and consistently remain distinct products from manufactured homes and are not unnecessarily subject to federal regulation by HUD. Recreational Vehicles are an estimated $10 billion industry for the country with approximately 80 percent of RVs being manufactured in state of Indiana.   Last June, Walorski and Rep. Dennis Ross created the House RV caucus to educate members of Congress on issues that impact the RV industry and highlight the importance of this American tradition for the tourism industry and the economy.   Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee, and House Budget Committee. ### Read More

Military Times: VA under scrutiny even when Congress is out


Congress is out of town in preparation for the November elections, but that hasn’t stopped lawmakers’ scrutiny of the Veterans Affairs operations in Washington, D.C. The department continues to take near daily criticism from elected officials and outside advocates over access and accountability issues. As re-election campaigns heat up, many are giving a national platform to local VA headaches, and promising changes throughout the system. Earlier this week, House Veterans Affairs oversight subcommittee chairman Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., demanded immediate action from top VA officials after reports that the department’s deputy chief procurement officer gave unfair financial advantages to an outside federal contractor with whom she was having an affair. In a letter to VA Secretary Bob McDonald, Coffman said the incident is just the latest example of “the morally bankrupt and ethically impaired culture that exists within the department.” Fellow committee member Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., petitioned the same federal officials this week to intervene in the case of an Indiana veteran who suffered a life-threatening blood clot after waiting months for a thorough medical appointment. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., has stated that VA leadership promises for an independent audit of health care operations is taking too long. House Veterans Affairs Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., has said he wants investigators looking into data manipulation and fraud cases at VA regional facilities to also focus their attention on the department’s leadership, to see whether other top officials covered up systemic problems. Nearly all of the most senior VA officials have left since former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned from his post in May. But Miller and others have complained that those resignations may not have gone far enough to root out problem employees at the agency. Also this week, officials from Concerned Veterans of America launched their newest oversight effort, a “Fixing Veterans Health Care” task force designed to scrutinize not just current care problems but also examine alternative plans to overhaul the VA’s operations. The effort will be led by former Republican Senate Majority Leader William Frist, former Georgia Democratic congressman Jim Marshall, and former Undersecretary of Veterans Affairs for Health Mike Kussman. In a statement, Frist said VA’s “current inefficiencies and lack of transparency” are stopping veterans from getting the care they deserve. Pete Hegseth, chief executive officer for CVA, said the effort isn’t tied to any pre-election campaigning, but is designed to keep focus on reforming the department. He’s also hopeful the final report to be released in December can help influence next year’s incoming Congress. “We’re not excluding any ideas,” he said. “Our only litmus test is whether it improves veteran’s access to quality and timely care.” McDonald has promised a host of reforms and retaining throughout the department by Veterans Day in November, but has also publicly pledged to work with critics on find ways to fix operations and rebuild the department’s reputation. Read More

Walorski on Indiana Native, ISIL Hostage Peter Kassig


Mishawaka, IN – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement after the news that Indiana native Peter Kassig is being held hostage by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL): “My sincerest thoughts and prayers are with Peter Kassig and I ask all Hoosiers to join Dean and I in keeping him and his family in our prayers during this difficult time.”     ###   Read More

WNDU UPDATE: U.S. VA Secretary secures Goshen veteran's transfer to IU Med. Center


Goshen, Ind. A Goshen veteran hospitalized for four weeks in an Indianapolis VA hospital has been transferred to IU Medical Center, under the order of United States Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald. Erik Olson, a 29-year-old Marine Corps veteran, is suffering with masses in his leg, severe swelling and life-threatening blood clots. His family alleges that his condition worsened as a result of poor treatment at a Goshen VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic. The VA Northern Indiana Health Care System said they are working with the family and actively investigating that claim. Rep. Jackie Walorski, (R-IN 2nd District) is a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee and contacted Secretary McDonald about Olson’s worsening condition. “Wednesday morning he was transferred to IU Medical Center in Indianapolis,” Rep. Walorski told NewsCenter16 in an update Thursday night. “Olson and his wife are very, very confident they feel much better about the treatment he's going to receive through some of the specialists at IU.” Olson’s illness is still a mystery to doctors. They are in the process of running tests and suspect he might have a very aggressive, fast growing cancer of the soft tissue. An official diagnosis should come within the week. Rep. Walorski wanted to thank Secretary McDonald for his swift action getting Olson the care he needs. She also wanted thank her constituents for the outpour of support that they have given to the Olson family over the last few days. “They went from being completely isolated and alone to having an entire community holding them up,” she said. “It’s because of the fact of the respect that Hoosiers have for our veterans.” Many people have reached out on the Facebook page “Prayers for Erik.” His family wanted people to know he is reading their messages and they have improved his morale by leaps and bounds. Read More

Peru Tribune: Walorski visits PHS art program


Seniors Makayla Tubb and Adreanna Spohn spoke with U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski about their artwork Tuesday morning.  The arts were on display at Peru High School Tuesday morning, as U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Elkhart, visited as part of her Hoosier Education Tour. “I couldn’t wait to get down here,” Walorski said. “I’ve toured the art gallery before and talked about it ever since I left here. I’ve never seen anything like this, or in any school corporation, period let alone outside the state of Indiana.” Walorski toured the school’s art gallery and visited a visual arts and choral class, speaking with students and teachers. She spoke with Grace Comerford, who was in the midst of putting together a vase she had sculpted and subsequently smashed with a hammer with metal lug nuts. “I’m all about this art,” Walorski said to her. “I have a husband whose very artsy and he’s a music teacher as well. When I was here the first time and saw this gallery, I could not believe it.” Comerford said she also liked the gallery and arts program at the school. “It’s awesome. It’s so cool that we found that in a random closet,” she said. “It’s really cool with our art program, and (Mark) Applegate is such a wonderful teacher and cares about his students so much.” Walorski said she didn’t think many people understood “the value of what’s sitting in there.” “It’s really giving back to the community and the wonderful people here,” Comerford said of the gallery. Applegate said the kids appreciated the gallery. “We bring our classes in and say, look, this is how you do this, this is the style of painting you want to do,” he said. “Come look at it. We don’t have to go to a museum.” The gallery houses paintings from Auguste Renoir to Pablo Picasso and others. “I can’t imagine the patience that’s rolled up into this,” Walorski said as she spoke with Seniors Sierra Witt, Jordan Bullard and Kaylee Anderson. “I’m a doodler. I have a pen in my hand all the time. I was in a conference call yesterday and I realized by the time I got off the call, my entire page was all these doodles. Because I listen better when I have a pen in my hand. I’m much more focused, but I just doodle. I love to draw.” Walorski said her love of drawing was why she was “so fascinated with these art programs.” While speaking with Jason Gornto’s choir class, she said there was “no school doing anything any better than you guys are doing here in Peru.” “I’ve never seen anything like what you guys do here,” she said. “When I heard your band, it was incredible. I think what you do is on such a higher level. And part of that is because it’s such a unique community. There’s so many great things in Peru.” Walorski said the arts were “a huge part of education.” “When we talk about education and how do we do things well in Indiana and how do we do them better, one of my concerns is to make sure fine arts programs stay in schools and that everybody has access,” she said. “You’re all going to do on to great things in your lives, but you’ll never trade learning how to sing or picking up a guitar. You may never play for anybody else but yourself. But it’s one of those great things about our quality of life that makes us Americans.” Of the gallery and art program, Walorski said Peru was “a focus of pride for our state.” “I want to take those best practices and standards for when I go back to D.C. in November and share it with the rest of the country,” she said “There’s nothing like this. I encourage Hoosiers to come check it out.” Read More

WNDU: Goshen veteran's family speaks out about poor treatment at local VA clinic


Goshen, Ind. A Goshen veteran is fighting for his life at an Indianapolis VA hospital after a three-month ordeal that his family blames on poor treatment at a local VA clinic. Erik Olson and his wife Erin Olson are both Marine Corps veterans and patients at the VA Goshen Community-Based Outpatient Center. Olson, 29, first went to the clinic about a pain in his groin back in July. His family said his pain was dismissed as a muscle spasm. No tests or scans were conducted. Several trips to the emergency room and urgent care center later, Olson’s family said his physician at the Goshen clinic failed to follow up on his treatment. His condition escalated Labor Day weekend. He was admitted to the hospital with severe swelling and abscesses in his leg and a massive, life-threatening blood clot. Olson’s been in the hospital ever since. Olson’s family believes Erik’s current condition could have been avoided had he been given the proper attention from the start. “It isn't just a misdiagnosis but complete neglect,” said Erin Olson, who is now struggling to work and take care of the couple’s three young children without her husband. “For somebody to not even take simple steps such as a blood test just boggles my mind.” The couple moved to Goshen from Pennsylvania where they said they had a pleasant experience with the VA healthcare system. Olson said that has not been her experience in Indiana. ‘It’s just a number, just a name, another piece of paper across their desk and they don’t have any kind of empathy for actual human beings that have to live through this,” Olson said. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-2nd) has taken the Olson’s story all the way to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald who has pledged to get Olson the care he desperately needs. “This is a double veteran, double income household with little kids and it shouldn’t be that you have to find somebody to fight this fight because they're still performing at a low level,” Rep. Walorski told NewsCenter16. “It’s absolutely reprehensible.” Walorski acknowledged that the Goshen clinic was independently evaluated and found to have no blatant care wait time issues. “It’s not just about wait times, it’s about communication, it’s about integrity, it’s about every veteran that comes back,” she said. “They should be able to look their VA representative in the eye and say ‘I trust you’ and that trust has been so violated.” NewsCenter16 reached out to the VA Northern Indiana Health Care System for a statement on this case. VA’s focus is on providing timely, high-quality care to our Nation’s Veterans and we appreciate this Veteran’s family bringing their concerns to our attention,” said Public Affairs Officer Mike Brady. “We are working with the Veteran and his family to ensure that the treatment plan is consistent with his preferences and addresses all questions and concerns. Following a regularly scheduled public Town Hall, Ms. Denise Deitzen, VA Northern Indiana Health Care System Medical Center Director, met with the family to discuss their concerns. The patient has been fully involved in discussions with VA staff about his care. Again, our priority is to provide the best possible care to our Veterans.” Olson’s doctors are still not sure what is causing his medical problems. They have started ordering biopsies and considering the possibility of cancer. In the meantime, community members have been showing their support for the Olson family through the Facebook page “Prayers for Erik Olson.”  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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