Jackie Walorski

Jackie Walorski

INDIANA's 2nd DISTRICT

Walorski, VA Secretary McDonald Meet with Veterans at South Bend VA Facility

2016/07/15

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) and Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald today toured the South Bend Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) and met with veterans.

Walorski, a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, invited Secretary McDonald to visit Indiana’s 2nd District during a hearing earlier this year. Walorski and McDonald toured the clinic, held a roundtable discussion with local VA leadership and stakeholders, and greeted Hoosier veterans.

“I appreciate Secretary McDonald’s willingness to spend time with Hoosier veterans and have an open conversation about the problems in our VA system, the progress we’ve made, and the work we have left to do,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “We have a duty to make sure every man and woman who served this country in uniform is treated with dignity and respect. That means getting veterans the services and care they deserve, protecting them from overprescription of powerful painkillers, never again allowing a veteran to die waiting for care, and holding the VA accountable when they let our veterans down.”

BACKGROUND

Two measures authored by Walorski to protect veterans from opioid overprescription were included in bipartisan, comprehensive legislation to combat the opioid epidemic. One provision would require VA facilities to participate in state prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), and the other would allow the VA to use FDA-approved medical devices and other non-opioid therapies to treat chronic pain.

Walorski’s legislation to protect veterans from scheduling manipulations at VA facilities was included in a VA reform bill that passed the House by voice vote. Walorski’s bill, H.R. 4977, the VA Scheduling Accountability Act, reinstates the annual requirement for each facility director to certify compliance with VA scheduling practices and prohibits any future waivers of this requirement. It also requires the Secretary of the VA to submit an annual report to Congress that lists facilities that have not certified compliance and an explanation as to why.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture.

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Walorski Takes Part in Opioid Bill Enrollment Ceremony

2016/07/14

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today joined House Speaker Paul D. Ryan at an enrollment ceremony marking the passage of S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. The bipartisan, comprehensive legislation now is on its way to the president’s desk to be signed into law.

“This bipartisan, comprehensive legislation to combat prescription drug and heroin abuse is an important step toward ending the opioid epidemic in this country,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “I was honored to serve on the conference committee that negotiated a final agreement, and I look forward to the president signing it into law. With key reforms, including my provisions to protect veterans from opioid overprescription, this bill will save lives.”

Walorski, a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, served on the conference committee that negotiated a final agreement between the House and Senate. She and other members of the conference committee joined Speaker Ryan as he signed the legislation before sending it to the president.

The final version of the legislation included two measures authored by Walorski to protect veterans. One provision would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to participate in state prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), and the other would allow the VA to use FDA-approved medical devices and other non-opioid therapies to treat chronic pain.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture.

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Walorski Voices Support for Conscience Protection Act

2016/07/13

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today spoke on the House floor about the Conscience Protection Act, a bill she co-sponsored to reaffirm and codify existing conscience protections for pro-life health care providers and give them legal recourse to defend themselves from discrimination for refusing to take part in abortions as a matter of conscience. The House is expected to vote on the legislation later today.

Video of Walorski’s remarks is available here. The full text is below.

“I rise today in strong support of the Conscience Protection Act, a bill I co-sponsored to protect pro-life health care providers from discrimination.

“Doctors, nurses, employers, social service agencies, and insurance plans that chose not to take part in abortions as a matter of conscience should not face discrimination or penalty.

“This bill reaffirms protections already in place by prohibiting the federal government and entities that receive federal funding from discriminating against or penalizing those who are exercising their conscience rights.

“Most importantly, it gives victims of discrimination legal recourse to defend themselves.

“Currently, it’s up to the Department of Health and Human Services to enforce the law – and that’s something this administration has not always been willing to do.

“The Conscience Protection Act will give pro-life health care providers and employers full conscience protections without loopholes or uncertainty.

“I urge my colleagues to support this essential bill to protect life and those who exercise their conscience rights.

“Thank you, and I yield back.”

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture.

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Walorski Supports Comprehensive Anti-Opioid Legislation

2016/07/08

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today voted for bipartisan, comprehensive legislation to address the nationwide opioid epidemic and protect veterans from overprescription of powerful opiates.

“Dozens of Americans die each day from opioid overdoses, and this has to stop,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “There is a long battle ahead of us. A lot of damage has already been done. But this bill represents an important step forward as we seek to stop overprescription and end opioid addiction in our country.”

The final version of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (S. 524), which passed the House by a vote of 407 to 5, included two measures authored by Walorski to protect veterans. One provision would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to participate in state prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), and the other would allow the VA to use FDA-approved medical devices and other non-opioid therapies to treat chronic pain.

Walorski, a member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee who served on the conference committee that completed negotiations this week on final legislation, spoke on the House floor today in support of the bill.

Video of Walorski’s remarks is available here. The full text is below.

“I rise today in strong support of S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.

“This vital bill will help address the prescription drug epidemic we’ve seen plague our communities for too long.

“Dozens of Americans die each day from prescription drug overdoses. This has to stop.

“It’s time for us to come together as a nation to tackle this issues that has infected every fabric of our society.  

“I am honored to have served on the conference committee for this bill and thankful it is being considered by the House today.

“As a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I have seen the opioid epidemic’s effects on our nation’s veterans.

“Veterans are more vulnerable to chronic pain and more susceptible to addiction, but some VA facilities still overprescribe these powerful drugs.

“I’ve seen the problem first hand with veterans coming into my office, often carrying a large bag or box of pills.

“In my home state of Indiana, the DEA raided the VA Medical Center in Marion after noticing many narcotics and opiates purchased by the facility.

“For too long, the VA has relied too heavily on opioids to treat chronic pain.

“This bill addresses that by requiring the VA and DOD to focus on improving their prescribing practices.

“It includes my legislation requiring the VA to report to state Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, which are important and effective tools for stopping overprescription.

“And it allows the VA to consider non-opioid treatments for veterans with chronic pain.

“Mr. Chairman, there is a long battle ahead of us.

“A lot of damage has already been done.

“But this bill represents an important step forward as we seek to stop overprescription and end opioid addiction in our country.

“I urge my colleagues to support the bill and I yield back my time.”

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture.

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Walorski Speaks on House Floor About Dangers Posed by Release of Gitmo Detainees

2016/07/07

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today spoke on the House floor about the dangers posed by the release of terrorist detainees from Guantanamo Bay amid the ongoing manhunt for a former Gitmo detainee missing in Brazil weeks before the start of the Olympics.

The fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed by the House earlier this year contains key safeguards authored by Walorski, including a requirement that the U.S. enter into written agreements with any foreign nations that accept detainee transfers. Last month, Walorski and Senator Steve Daines (MT) introduced legislation to prohibit any Gitmo transfers until the FY17 NDAA is signed into law, or until the end of this year.

A video of Congresswoman Walorski’s speech is available here. The full text  of her remarks is below.

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to express grave concern over the threat of radical Islamic terrorism.

“What we need is a comprehensive strategy to destroy terrorist organizations like ISIS.

“Instead, the administration is ramping up the release of Guantanamo Bay detainees.

“Make no mistake: these detainees are the worst of the worst.

“One former detainee has become a leader of al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen.

“Another released last month was Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard.

“And just weeks before the Olympics, authorities in Brazil are on the hunt for a former detainee who went missing.

“With another two dozen detainees cleared for transfer this summer, I worked to include key safeguards in next year’s National Defense Authorization Act – like requiring written agreements with foreign nations that accept Gitmo transfers.

“And I introduced legislation with Senator Steve Daines to block all Gitmo transfers until these safeguards are signed into law, or until the end of the year.

“The president wants to empty Gitmo and bring the remaining terrorists to U.S. soil.

“Mr. Speaker, we cannot allow these terrorist detainees to put American lives at risk.

“I yield back.”

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture.

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Walorski Speaks About Protecting Veterans at Opioid Conference Committee Meeting

2016/07/06

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the conference committee that negotiated final details of comprehensive legislation to combat opioid and heroin addiction, today spoke in support of measures she authored to protect veterans from opioid overprescription. Following today's committee meeting, Walorski signed the conference report, which included her provisions.

“Veterans are more vulnerable to addiction, and I’ve seen the problem firsthand, with veterans coming into my office often carrying a large bag of pills,” said Congresswoman Walorski, a member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee. “This crisis has gotten so bad that the DEA raided and began investigating several VA facilities, including one in my home state of Indiana. The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Marion raised DEA suspicions after it purchased more prescription drugs than any other VA facility in the Northern District of Indiana. For too long, the VA has relied too heavily on the prescription of opioids. There needs to be more oversight of prescribing practices at VA facilities, and the VA needs to explore effective, non-opioid treatments.”

Video of Congresswoman Walorski’s remarks at the conference committee meeting is available here. The full text of her remarks is below.

“Good afternoon. It’s an honor to be here today to start the process of finalizing comprehensive legislation to address the opioid epidemic we’ve been seeing in our communities across the country.  

“Today, I want to focus on the provisions that will help improve health care for our veterans.

“As a member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I’ve grown very concerned over the issue of opioid overprescription.

“Veterans face higher rates of chronic pain and of poly-trauma and co-morbidities, particularly PTSD, depression, and traumatic brain injury.

“Veterans are more vulnerable to addiction, and I’ve seen the problem firsthand, with veterans coming into my office often carrying a large bag of pills.

“This crisis has gotten so bad that the DEA raided and began investigating several VA facilities, including one in my home state of Indiana.  

“The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Marion raised DEA suspicions after it purchased more prescription drugs than any other VA facility in the Northern District of Indiana.

“For too long, the VA has relied too heavily on the prescription of opioids. There needs to be more oversight of prescribing practices at VA facilities, and the VA needs to explore effective, non-opioid treatments.

“With that said, I want to highlight two important provisions in this legislation.

“The first requires the VA to report to State Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs. These databases have proven to be an important and effective tool for tracking prescription practices, yet the VA is not required to report to them as other health care providers are. This will open up a window into VA prescribing practices that will help law enforcement identify problem areas that warrant further investigation.

“Another provision allows the VA to consider alternate forms of treatment, such as FDA-approved medical devices for patients with chronic pain. This will give the Department more options for veterans than strictly prescribing opioids.

“Again, I thank you for the opportunity to be a part of this committee and work on such an important issue facing our veterans and our nation at large.

“I yield back.”

BACKGROUND

Walorski authored two provisions included in the House-passed version of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (S. 524). One provision would require all Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities to participate in their respective state’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) to better identify patterns of overprescription. The second provision would allow the VA to use FDA-approved medical devices and other therapies as alternatives to opioids for treating chronic pain.

The comprehensive, wide-ranging legislation makes critical reforms and creates grant programs to help states, law enforcement entities, and other organizations in their work to prevent and treat opiate addiction and overdose. Among the bills included in the House-passed bill was the Jason Simcakoski Promoting Responsible Opioid Management and Incorporating Scientific Expertise (PROMISE) Act (H.R. 4063), which contained Walorski’s provisions.

Currently, VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) may participate in PDMPs but are not required by law to do so. In December, Walorski introduced legislation that would change that option to a requirement in response to a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigation into potential opioid overprescription at the VAMC in Marion, Ind. In February, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee unanimously approved that legislation and included it in H.R. 4063.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture.

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Walorski, Delaney, Hultgren, Sinema Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Veterans’ Credit Ratings

2016/06/29

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) this week joined U.S. Reps. John K. Delaney (MD-06), Randy Hultgren (IL-14), and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) in introducing legislation to protect veterans’ credit ratings and prevent unnecessary financial hardship due to delayed payments associated with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Choice Program.

The slow disbursement of Veterans Choice Program payments has meant that potentially thousands of veterans have been adversely affected, having large and inaccurate medical debts wrongly listed in their name while the VA and private providers work through billing. This error can make it more difficult and more expensive for veterans to buy a home or car, rent a place to live, or be hired at a new job.

The Protecting Veterans Credit Act (H.R. 5593) creates a one year credit reporting grace period for the resolution of debt from medical services received through the VA’s Veterans Choice Program. Delaney and Hultgren’s legislation is supported by the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the National Patient Advocate Foundation.

“I have heard from too many veterans asking my office for help because the VA or a VA contractor hasn’t paid their medical bills after receiving authorization for care through the Veterans Choice Program,” said Congresswoman Walorski, a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “This is simply unacceptable, which is why I’ve joined Congressman Delaney, Congressman Hultgren, and Congresswoman Sinema in introducing the Protecting Veterans’ Credit Act to protect our veterans from further financial harm. Delaying for one year the reporting of medical debt from services under the Veterans Choice Program will provide much-needed relief for these veterans while the VA, contractors, and providers work to resolve these billing issues.”

“No veteran should have their credit rating hurt because of delayed Veterans Choice Program payments, that’s completely unacceptable to me. In many cases, veterans are already using the Choice Program because they’ve endured a long wait time to be treated. We shouldn’t destroy their finances on top of that,” said Congressman Delaney. “Credit ratings fundamentally impact the cost of major purchases and can alter a family’s financial trajectory. The Protecting Veterans’ Credit Act creates the time needed to protect a veterans’ financial health while the actual parties responsible for the payments process and pay their medical bills.”

“Enough veterans have faced collateral damage from delays at the VA—their credit score shouldn’t be another casualty of this bureaucracy,” said Congressman Hultgren. “Veterans and their families deserve accurate and timely billing and reimbursements from the VA. They should not be held liable for the VA’s problems. We need quick action on this legislation to ensure our veterans aren’t held responsible for bureaucratic ineptitude.”

The Protecting Veterans Credit Act (H.R. 5593)

The Problem

Enacted in 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Choice Program provides veterans with the ability to receive medical care in a non-VA facility if the VA cannot schedule an appointment within a specified time period or if the veteran lives more than 40 miles from the closest VA medical facility. Unfortunately, there have been issues with the implementation of the program, including delayed Choice Program payments and inappropriately assigned bills to veterans.

Because of delays and incorrectly assigned bills, veterans have received adverse actions on their credit reports and inappropriate debt collection efforts.

Adverse credit action makes it more difficult and more expensive for a person to get a home mortgage or an auto loan or even to rent an apartment.

To address these issues, the VA set up a call center for veterans to contact the VA to resolve debt collection and adverse credit reporting. As of the end of May, the VA handled over 7100 inbound telephone calls.

While the VA is actively trying to reform the Choice Program, veterans need immediate and retroactive relief from erroneous credit reporting actions and debt collection efforts.  No veteran should have their credit score hurt or be harassed by debt collectors because of a delay in the VA or their private contractor paying the bills.

The Solution

The Protecting Veterans’ Credit Act delays medical debt from medical services received through the Choice Program from being reported to credit reporting agencies for one year. This delay provides adequate time for the VA and its contractors to resolve the issues, while retaining a route for resolution of any co-payments or other obligations.

The bill provides a mechanism for veterans to easily dispute adverse actions already on their reports. Additionally, the bill requires debt collectors to provide the veteran with written information of their rights and who they can contact to resolve an issue.

Benefits

By instituting a one year grace period, it will allow for the multiple parties involved in the Choice Program time to process the payments, so the veterans receive the care they need, the doctors are fairly compensated, and veterans don’t suffer a credit loss for something that isn’t their fault.

Ensures veterans are not unnecessarily pressured into paying bills that they do not owe.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture.

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Walorski Statement on Release of Osama Bin Laden’s Bodyguard from Gitmo

2016/06/23

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement on the release of Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard Abdel Malik Ahmed Abdel Wahab al-Rahabi from Guantanamo Bay:

“The terrorist detainees being released from Guantanamo Bay – like Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard – are the worst of the worst. The administration’s plan to recklessly free at least two dozen terrorists this summer in an effort to close Gitmo puts American lives at risk. That is why I introduced a bill to immediately ban transfers for the rest of the year, or until new safeguards in the National Defense Authorization Act are signed into law.”

BACKGROUND

Congresswoman Walorski and U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (MT) last month introduced bicameral legislation to temporarily ban the transfer or release of detainees from Guantanamo Bay. The administration reportedly is set to release nearly two dozen Gitmo detainees to several different countries this summer amid efforts to close the prison before the end of the president’s term. The bill (H.R. 5351 / S. 2999) would prohibit these transfers until either the end of this year or enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2017.

The House-passed NDAA includes Walorski’s provision to require written agreements between the U.S. government and the government of any foreign country that agrees to accept detainees. That bill also would require the next administration to provide Congress with a comprehensive detention plan outlining how the release of any Gitmo detainee fits into the broader strategy for handling individuals detained during wartime.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture.

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Walorski Votes for Critical National Security Measures to Combat Terrorism

2016/06/16

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today voted for legislation to boost counterterrorism efforts and provide critical military funding to combat ISIS in the wake of last weekend’s terrorist attack in Orlando, Fla.

“The devastating terrorist attack in Orlando was a sobering reminder that we are a nation at war with radical Islamic terrorists,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “The House acted swiftly to ensure authorities are prepared to counter terrorist recruitment and our military is equipped to confront any threat. I urge the Senate to pass these critical bills immediately, and I call on the President to not only sign them into law but also outline a comprehensive strategy to defeat ISIS prevent further terrorist attacks against Americans.”

BACKGROUND

The House responded to last weekend’s terrorist attack in Orland by passing the Countering Terrorist Radicalization Act (H.R. 5471) by a vote of 402 to 15. The legislation, which combines three previously-passed anti-terrorism bills, would:

  • Enhance authorities’ efforts to disrupt potential terrorist plots by allowing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to train personnel to better identify and counter radicalization;
  • Require DHS to use intelligence and testimonials from former violent extremists to counter propaganda and recruitment efforts by terrorist organizations like ISIS; and
  • Establish the Counterterrorism Advisory Board (CTAB), the primary anti-terrorism decisionmaking body at DHS, and ensures the CTAB is positioned to address evolving terrorist threats.

The Department of Defense appropriations bill for fiscal year 2017 (H.R. 5293), which the House passed by a vote of 282 to 138, would provide $576.3 billion in funding to improve military readiness, give troops a pay raise, maintain the U.S. military’s technological edge, and ensure the military has the tools and resources needed to defeat any enemy. Last month, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets the nation’s defense policies and authorizes funding levels.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture.

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Walorski Honored by Congressional Hunger Center for Work to Fight Poverty

2016/06/15

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today was honored by the Congressional Hunger Center for her work to fight hunger and poverty. As chairwoman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Walorski has held more than a dozen hearings over 18 months examining the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and its role in anti-poverty and anti-hunger efforts.

“I want to thank the Congressional Hunger Center as well as Congressman Jim McGovern, my Ranking Member on the Nutrition Subcommittee, for all their work on these critical issues,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “The goal of replacing poverty and hunger with prosperity and opportunity is a bipartisan one, and I hope our cooperation and collaboration lays the groundwork for real improvements to how we help Americans build a bridge out of poverty.”

Walorski was one of seven honorees at the 2016 Hunger Leadership Awards. U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (MA-02), the Ranking Member of the Nutrition Subcommittee, presented Walorski with the award. Other honorees included U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (KS) and Debbie Stabenow (MI), U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (WI-04), and chef and restaurateur Jose Andres. The Congressional Hunger Center is a nonprofit organization that works to make issues of domestic and international hunger a priority to policymakers.

Walorski has held numerous hearings of the Nutrition Subcommittee to study the past, present, and future of SNAP and reviewing the unique challenges facing children, seniors, veterans, and active duty military families trying to get back on their feet and break free from the cycle of poverty and hunger. Among the issues studied were the “welfare cliff” – the abrupt loss of benefits due to a new job or a raise – and the way the more than 80 anti-poverty programs work with each other.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture.

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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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