Jackie Walorski

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Jackie Walorski
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U.S. House, Indiana, District 2
In office
January 3, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorJoe Donnelly (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Indiana House of Representatives District 21
High schoolRiley High School
Bachelor'sTaylor University
Date of birthAug. 17, 1963
Place of birthSouth Bend, Indiana
ProfessionFounder, Impact International
Office website
Campaign website
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Jackie Walorski is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Walorski was elected by voters from Indiana's 2nd congressional district.

Walorski previously served as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives from 2004-2010.

Walorski won election on November 6, 2012.[1]


Walorski was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. She first grew interested in politics upon hearing Ronald Reagan speak. After finishing college, she worked as a television reporter. Following this, she worked in high education institutions in underserved, rural areas in Indiana. During the September 11th attacks in 2001, Walorski and her husband were serving as Christian missionaries in Romania. Upon returning to Indiana, she ran for and got elected to the state Assembly. Her first bid for Congress in 2010 was not a successful one, but this would not be repeated in 2012, thanks to redistricting and incumbent Joe Donnelly running for the U.S. Senate.[2]

Education: [3]

  • Riley High School in South Bend
  • Taylor University, BA


  • 2004-2010: Republican member of the Indiana House of Representatives, and represented the 21st District. She was the Assistant Minority Floor Leader.[3]
  • 1999-2003: Founder of Impact International[2]
  • 1997-1998: Indiana University, Director of Annual Giving[2]
  • 1991-1996: Ancilla College, Director of Institutional advancement[2]
  • 1989-1991: St. Joseph County Humane Society, Executive Director[2]
  • 1985-1989: WSBT-TV, televsion reporter[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Walorski serves on the following committees:[4]

Indiana House




See also: Indiana's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

Walorski ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Indiana's 2nd District. Walorski won the nomination on the Republican ticket, defeating Greg Andrews. She defeated Brendan Mullen, Andrew Straw, and Joe Ruiz in the November 6 general election.[5]

General Election

U.S. House, Indiana District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJackie Walorski 49% 134,033
     Democratic Brendan Mullen 47.6% 130,113
     Libertarian Joe Ruiz 3.4% 9,326
     Independent Kenneth R. Lunce, Jr. (Write-in) 0% 3
Total Votes 273,475
Source: Indiana Secretary of State "House of Representatives Election Results"

Primary Election

Indiana House of Representatives, District 2 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJackie Walorski 72.8% 46,873
Greg Andrews 27.2% 17,522
Total Votes 64,395

Impact of redistricting

The newly-drawn map was designed to produce seven districts which are favorable to the Republican Party and two which favor the Democratic Party. According to Roll Call, the 2nd district is the "first House seat of the cycle that Roll Call Politics has rated as likely to flip to the other party..."[6]

According to Roll Call's Race Ratings "The most devastating change for 2nd district Democrats was the loss of Kokomo, a middle-class town with heavy union membership and reliable Donnelly voters. Kokomo is now split between the heavily Republican 4th and 5th districts".[6] The new district also lost part of LaPorte County, including Michigan City, to the 1st district.[6] Meanwhile, the district picked up Elkhart County.[6]

The new district presents a prime opportunity for Donnelly's 2010 competitor, former state representative Jackie Walorski, whose base south of South Bend is now the 2nd's population center.[6]

The Howey Political Report rates Walorski likely to win this district, after she lost by only a percentage point in 2010. Donnelly's bid for Senate was prompted by the redistricting and the knowledge that he was unlikely to win in 2012.[7]


Walorski was endorsed by Gun Owners of America Political Victory Fund.[8] On March 13, 2012, Walorski was endorsed by The Republican Second District Central Committee.[9] Walorski has also obtained endorsements from the Eagle Forum, FreedomWorks for America, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Indiana Right to Life, the National Rifle Association (NRA), and the Susan B. Anthony List.[9]


See also:Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

Jackie Walorski did not run for re-election in 2010.


On November 4, 2008, Republican Jacqueline Walorski won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 21 receiving 17,605 votes, ahead of Independent Clyde James who received 232 votes.[10]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 21 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jacqueline Walorski (R) 17,605
Clyde James (D) 232

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Walorski's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Walorski won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Walorski's campaign committee raised a total of $1,878,410 and spent $1,878,019.[11]

According to an article in The National Journal, Walorski raised over $330,000 during the second quarter of the year and ended the period with $720,000 cash on hand.[12]


In 2008, Walorski collected $86,601 in donations.[13]

Listed below are those that contributed most to her campaign.

Donor Amount
Dan Herbster for Representative Committee $4,000
L&S Realty $3,150
Majority Builders $2,000
Indiana Bankers Association $2,000
Orland J. Corliss $1,650
Willis R. Conner $1,500
Build Indiana Council $1,500
Insurance Institute of Indiana $1,000
Landscape Solutions Group $1,000
Citizens for Terry Rodino $1,000
Indiana Beverage Alliance $1,000


Walorski is a member of Calvary Temple and the World Harvest Ministerial Network of LeSea Ministries.[14]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Joe Donnelly (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Indiana, District 2
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Rep. Mangus
Indiana House of Representatives District 21
Succeeded by
Timothy Wesco