Jackie Walorski

Jackie Walorski

INDIANA's 2nd DISTRICT

Walorski Statement on President Obama’s Announcement of Executive Action on Immigration

2014/11/21

WASHINGTON, DC —Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) issued the following statement tonight after President Obama’s announcement to act unilaterally on immigration reform: “At a time when Americans want Washington to work together, I’m disappointed that instead of working with Congress to find real solutions, the president has decided to abuse his executive powers, break the law and ignore the Constitution at the expense of resolving a national crisis. “This week, I joined with the Republican Women’s Policy Committee and sent a letter to President Obama urging him to abandon any unconstitutional executive actions on immigration reform and instead work with Congress and the people of this great nation. “There is no question that the current immigration system is broken and there is a growing need for reform, but denying members of Congress and the American people an opportunity to offer any input only jeopardizes the chance of finding real, workable solutions.” ### Read More

Walorski Supports Legislation to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

2014/11/14

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) released the following statement today after the House passed H.R. 5682: “My House colleagues and I overwhelmingly supported a plan to create 9,000 shovel-ready jobs for hardworking Americans. Not only will this project contribute $3 billion toward the US economy, but it will also strengthen our energy security. I urge my Senate colleagues to take swift action in passing this legislation that will give Americans access to a safe, stable supply of oil from an important trading partner.” 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

WNDU - Volunteers help veterans with dental health at IUSB

2014/11/10

On Friday, volunteers came together at IndianaUniversity South Bend to help veterans with their dental health. It was the first Operation Stand Down event at IUSB. The event gave the opportunity to veterans who may not have dental insurance to come and receive a check up and cleaning. Organizers say the event began in La Porte and now they hope to be able to bring it to South Bend. Dr. Mark Green, the organizer of Operation Stand Down, says, “I was never in the service so this is my way chance to give a little back and it's good to see them because their happy glad to be here and are really appreciate of the service.” Even Congresswoman Jackie Walorski stopped by to show her support for the veterans. Organizers are hoping to make this an annual event. Read More

FOX 28 - Rep. Jackie Walorski talks veteran issues and what's next on agenda

2014/11/10

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FOX 28 - Walorski tours local manufacturers

2014/10/15

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’

2014/10/15

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

2014/10/15

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

2014/10/09

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

2014/10/09

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

2014/10/06

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

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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.


Serving With

Marlin Stutzman

INDIANA's 3rd DISTRICT

Todd Rokita

INDIANA's 4th DISTRICT

Susan Brooks

INDIANA's 5th DISTRICT

Luke Messer

INDIANA's 6th DISTRICT

Larry Bucshon

INDIANA's 8th DISTRICT

Todd Young

INDIANA's 9th DISTRICT

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