Jackie Walorski

Jackie Walorski

INDIANA's 2nd DISTRICT

Statement: Walorski Urges Continued Bipartisan Cooperation in VA Conference Committee

2014/07/24

WASHINGTON D.C. - Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the Veterans Affairs Conference Committee and House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, released the following statement after meeting with fellow conferees on the conference committee this afternoon: “Today I want to reiterate the sense of urgency this conference committee needs to have. Millions of America’s veterans depend on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for care and support, members of this bicameral and bipartisan committee must work together to find a solution. “I’ve said the same thing over and over again - this issue isn’t partisan and it’s not political – it’s American. In order to solve these problems, we must work together and change the culture of the VA and say that today is a different day.  We are standing together and help our vets. “I urge my colleagues, regardless of party of politics to work together and pass a bill. We are all here because we care, and we owe it to our veterans to provide them with nothing but the best.” Last week, acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson testified before the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee and requested additional funding for the VA, complicating talks on the VA Conference Committee. Earlier today, Walorski attended a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing where she asked Secretary Gibson when she can expect a status update on VA facilities in Indiana. Walorski co-sponsored H.R. 4031 and H.R. 4810 in the House of Representatives to address widespread problems currently plaguing the VA. Read More

Photo Release: Walorski Attends RV Caucus Event

2014/07/24

Washington D.C. –  Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) attended an event tonight supporting the recreational vehicle industry association (RV Caucus), which she created last year to help educate members of Congress on the issues that impact the RV industry. Walorski joins members of the RV caucus along with President of the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) at an Wednesday evening hosted by the RV caucus. Left to Right: RVIA President Richard Coon, Rep. Jackie Walorski, Rep. Dennis Ross, Rep. Dan Benishek M.D.   Walorski created the RV Caucus alongside Rep. Dennis Ross in 2013. Elkhart County, which is in Walorski’s district, leads the country in RV production. Read More

Statement: Walorski Applauds to Jobs Announcement in Nappanee

2014/07/23

WASHINGTON D.C. - Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) released the following statement after Quality Hardwood Sales, LLC announced plans this morning to expand operations in Nappanee: “This is another example of why Indiana continues to surpass other states in the Midwest when it comes to job creation and job growth. I want to thank Quality Hardwood Sales for continuing to manufacture products for the RV industry, which is vital to the economy in northern Indiana. It’s always encouraging when a home-grown Hoosier company is successful and creates more opportunities to grow and expand their business.” Founded in 2001, Quality Hardwood Sales manufactures wood interior products for the RV industry and constructs component parts for kitchen cabinets, furniture and other custom orders. Offering cut-to-size products, component parts and UV finished products, the company will expand its sales territory, accommodate just-in-time inventory requirements and install new precision equipment. Quality Hardwoods Sales currently employs approximately 85 full-time Indiana associates and plans to begin hiring machine operators, off bearing associates and forklift drivers in April. Interested applicants may apply by filling out an application at the company’s Nappanee office or emailing a resume to tonyc@qhsales.com. ### Read More

Reminder: Congresswoman Walorski Staff Office Hours

2014/07/23

MISHAWAKA, IN – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) reminded constituents today that a member of her staff will be holding office hours this week and next to assist constituents with casework and official business.  Residents who cannot attend the listed office hours are encouraged to contact Brian Spaulding at (574) 780-1330 to schedule an appointment. For more information on Congresswoman Walorski and available Congressional services and resources, please visit: http://walorski.house.gov/services/additional-services-and-resources.   Friday, July 25 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Wabash City Hall, Chamber of Commerce (Small Conference Room, 2nd floor) 202 S. Wabash St. Wabash, Indiana   1 - 4 p.m. Peru City Hall (Board of Works Room, 2nd Floor) 35 S. Broadway Peru, Indiana   Monday, July 28 8 - 11 a.m. CST Starke County Court House (Commissioners' Office, 1st Floor) 53 East Washington St. Knox, Indiana   1 - 4 p.m. Winamac Municipal Utility Building (Council Chambers) 623 W. 11th St. Winamac, Indiana   Wednesday, July 30 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Syracuse Town Hall (Small Board Room) 310 N. Huntington St. Syracuse, Indiana   1 - 4 p.m. Plymouth City Hall (Common Council Chambers) 124 N. Michigan St. (Enter through the Garro Street Entrance) Plymouth, Indiana ### Read More

ICYMI: Walorski Questions IU Health President During House Veterans Affairs Committee

2014/07/16

WASHINGTON D.C. – This morning, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, questioned Indiana University Health System President and CEO Daniel Evans, about the importance of leadership in a large, multi-billion dollar organization, during the committee’s hearing titled ‘An Evaluation of Private Sector Best Practices and the VA Health Care System’. In the exchange, Evans said, “If I went to a meeting and the word patient wasn’t mentioned in the first five minutes, I just assumed I was at the wrong meeting…So you have to engage people in the core work and if the boss isn’t engaged in the core work then it’s never going to happen.” Watch the testimony below or click here. Walorski was appointed by Speaker Boehner to the VA conference committee to resolve the differences between the House and Senate veterans affairs legislation.  Walorski co-sponsored H.R. 4031 and H.R. 4810 in the House of Representatives to address widespread problems currently plaguing the VA. Read More

WSBT: South Bend Intl Airport announces non-stop route to New York/Newark

2014/07/14

This morning South Bend International Airport announced a non-stop route to New York/Newark. The first flight will be on October 27. The airport calls it the route in highest demand for our area. The flight from South Bend to NYC will be about two hours long. United Airlines would fly it. Several city, state and business leaders attended this morning's news conference, including Deputy Mayor Mark Neal. Rep. Jackie Walorski, who was flying out this morning, said "People love our airport!" We're told this route could have implications for local business, and possibly bring millions of dollars into the community. WSBT's Annie Chang was at the event. We'll bring you the latest on the airport's big announcement both online and on WSBT News at Midday. Read More

Walorski Statement: South Bend International Airport Announces Non-Stop Flights To New York City

2014/07/14

Mishawaka, Ind. – Today, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) released the following statement after the announcement that the South Bend International Airport will offer a direct flight from Newark Liberty International Airport:  “This is a huge win for the city,” Walorski said. “Giving travelers another option will bring tourists to our hotels, shops, restaurants and attractions. I look forward to welcoming and accommodating the needs of a steady influx of visitors here over the years ahead.” Walorski was joined at today’s announcement by South Bend Deputy Mayor Mark Neal, St. Joseph County Airport Authority Board of Directors President Thomas Botkin, St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners President Andrew Kostielney and St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce President Jeff Rea. ### Read More

The Rochester Sentinel: Walorski seeks funding for corps

2014/07/14

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-2nd District, voted in Fulton County’s favor Friday for possible funding to fix County Road 350 North. The federal infrastructure funding bill now goes to the U.S. Senate for further consideration. It includes an amendment offered by Walorski that gives the U.S. Corps of Engineers money for small infrastructure projects. Walorski said County Road 350 North, also called River Road, is one such project. “County officials have said they can’t afford to conduct the study or do the repairs that would make this road safe again,” Walorski said. “With additional funds, the Army Corps of Engineers could examine the road, make the necessary repairs and help keep Hoosiers roadways safe.” The road has been closed since April due to erosion problems from two Tippecanoe River washouts and has lost several feet of its embankment. It is a potential danger to motorists. Fulton County Highway Superintendent Rick Ranstead estimated repair will cost $75,000-$100,00. Ranstead said the county could install six-foot berms with rip rap – or large stones – at the washout sites as a short-term solution. Ranstead met with U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski staffer Brian Spaulding at the erosion site between U.S. 31 and Indiana 25 a couple weeks ago. Spaulding took pictures and discussed the problems, Ranstead said. He had hoped Walorski’s office would find a way to help with the cost. Walorski used Peru as another example of how the bill can help her constituents. The City of Peru received a floodplain designation due to a ditch running through the northern part of the city. No flood insurance claims have ever been filed with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) because of flooding from the ditch. “With my amendment, the Army Corps of Engineers could conduct a study to determine whether the ditch is likely to ever flood, and – if so – what type of project could be done to prevent flooding and bring down flood premiums,” said Walorski. Read More

Peru Tribune: House bill could ease Peru floodplain issue

2014/07/14

An amended bill which passed the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday night could help bring big changes to the city of Peru. H.R. 4923- the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act - passed at a vote of 253-170 and outlines annual appropriations to fund the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Energy. According to a release from U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Elkhart, the bill also included an amendment from her “that provided funds to the Army Corps of Engineers for small infrastructure projects that could improve public safety, promote job creation and strengthen Hoosier economic growth.” The amendment increases funding to the USACE’s Continuing Authorities Program which helps “dozens of communities that require studies and additional funding for small projects.” One of those communities is Peru and its ongoing effort to fight a floodplain. “The City of Peru received a floodplain designation due to a ditch running through northern part of the city.  Since record-keeping began over 80 years ago, no flood insurance claims have ever been filed with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) due to flooding from the ditch,” the release stated. “Unfortunately, the floodplain designation has led to costly insurance premiums, forcing potential businesses to exclude the area for consideration and residents are struggling to pay their premiums.” Walorski said the amendment would help USACE “conduct a study to determine whether the ditch is likely to ever flood.” “And – if so – what type of project could be done to prevent flooding and bring down flood premiums,” Walorski said. “Hopefully we can help attract businesses to this community, create jobs and help taxpayers save their money.” Mayor Jim Walker said Walorski called him Friday morning to tell him of the bill’s passage in the House. “This funding is going to help communities like ours that is facing these floodplain-type of problems,” he said. “With the corps getting involved, I think we’re going to expedite the process. We’re going to get the results we’ve been working on for five years.” The city’s recently revealed “Broadway Landing,” is set to be developed in the area currently called a floodplain. Walker said the floodplain issue was the “biggest thing” holding people back from investing in that area, saying investors might say the “flood insurance is a killer” and that filling in the area could cost a business an extra $1 million in construction. Walker said the city has invested around $100,000 into the area so far, with the vast majority of that attempting to prove that it isn’t a floodplain, which would require flood insurance to be purchased for any building in the area. Miami County Economic Development Authority Executive Director Jim Tidd said MCEDA spent $60,000 on that same thing. Walker said officials traveled to Washington, D.C. on two different occasions to speak with FEMA. He said the area had withstood two 100-year rain events, one in 1999 and another in 2004, without flooding. At “full development” Broadway Landing could create 1,600 jobs “over the course of many years,” Walker said. He didn’t have a timeframe for when it could happen, saying it could be years and depended on the economy. But with the city now closer to getting federal dollars in helping fight the issue, Walker is excited. “This is going to be big plus for the city of Peru, and we’re very grateful to Jackie Walorski,” he said. The legislation now heads to the Senate for further consideration. Read More

Fox 28: Representative Jackie Walorski responds to nomination of Robert McDonald as Secretary of Veterans Affairs

2014/07/11

President Obama nominated West Point Graduate Robert McDonald as the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs Monday.   "What especially makes Bob the right choice to lead the VA right now is his three decades of experience in building and managing one of the world's most recognized companies, Procter and Gamble," Obama says.  "The VA is not a business, but it is one of our largest departments, some 340,000 employees working in more than 1,700 facilities serving more than nine million veterans." If confirmed, McDonald will replace acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson.   "We need to put care for the veteran at the center of everything we do at Veterans Affairs.  At Procter and Gamble, we always focused on our customer. At the VA, the veteran is our customer, and we must all focus all day, every day, on getting the benefits that they so earned," McDonald says.  "It would indeed be an honor and a privilege to, if confirmed by the senate,  serve as secretary of foreign affairs, to improve the lives of our country's veterans and to help change the way the US department of veterans affairs does business." Indiana Congresswoman Jackie Walorski says the announcement was "another step in the process of uncovering the rampant corruption that has plagued the VA for years."    Walorski, a member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, hopes McDonald's background will help bring accountability to the VA.  "It’s critical that President Obama provide him with every tool to hold bad actors accountable and ensure our vets receive the care they deserve. I urge McDonald to follow in the footsteps of my colleagues and put politics aside, work together and protect our nation's veterans," she says.       Read More

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Committee Assignments

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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