Jackie Walorski

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Jackie Walorski
Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
from the 21st district
In office
January 1, 2005 – November 16, 2010
Preceded byRichard Mangus
Succeeded byTimothy Wesco
Personal details
BornAugust 17th, 1963 (age 47)
South Bend, Indiana
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Dean Swihart
Alma materLiberty Baptist College, Taylor University
OccupationPolitician
 
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Jackie Walorski
Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
from the 21st district
In office
January 1, 2005 – November 16, 2010
Preceded byRichard Mangus
Succeeded byTimothy Wesco
Personal details
BornAugust 17th, 1963 (age 47)
South Bend, Indiana
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Dean Swihart
Alma materLiberty Baptist College, Taylor University
OccupationPolitician

Jackie Walorski (born August 17, 1963) was a Republican member of the Indiana House of Representatives representing the 21st district from 2005-2011. She won the Republican nomination, but lost the 2010 race for Indiana's 2nd congressional district. She has announced that she will run again for the new 2nd district which has become more Republican following redistricting. Walorski's current campaign for Congress has brought support from many big name Republicans including Karl Rove [1] and Mike Huckabee [2], as well as several local TEA Party organizations.[3]

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Early life, education, and journalism career

Walorski was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. She graduated from Riley High School, Liberty Baptist College, and Taylor University. Jackie began her career as a television reporter for WSBT-TV in South Bend. In 1995, she married Dean Swihart, a schoolteacher in Mishawaka.[4]

Indiana House of Representatives

Elections

In 2004, she ran for a seat in the Indiana House of Representatives. Incumbent Republican State Representative Richard Mangus of Indiana's 21st House District, decided to retire. She defeated Democrat Carl H. Kaser 64%-46%.[5] In 2006, she won re-election to a second term with 53% of the vote.[6] In 2008, she won re-election to a third term unopposed.[7]

Tenure

She has been criticized for missing an important committee vote and the opportunity for stopping the Daylight Saving Time bill from passing out of the committee, even though that bill died on the House floor.[8] [9]. After a different bill passed introducing DST, she authored and introduced a bill to rescind DST, a measure that ended up dying.[10]

Committee assignments

She become active in the caucus and was appointed as Assistant Floor Leader. She served on the Family, Children, & Human Affairs and the Public Policy committees.[11]

2010 congressional election

Walorski challenged Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly in Indiana's 2nd congressional district.

On 31 January 2009, Walorski formally announced her bid, drawing a crowd of approximately 1,100.[12] Walorski won the Republican primary on May 4, 2010[13] with 61% of the votes,[14] defeating opponents Martin Dolan, Jack Jordan, and Tony Zirkle.[15] She was defeated, 48%-47% on November 2, 2010 by Donnelly.[16]

2012 congressional election

On March 22, 2011, Walorski announced that she would be a candidate for the 2nd District seat again. The Elkhart Truth published the story on March 22. The district boundaries have not officially been set, but state House and Senate republicans have proposed a 2nd District map that includes all of Elkhart County.[17] Through electoral redistricting, the 2nd District is expected to be made more favorable to Republicans.[citation needed]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Joe Donnelly is not seeking re-election, opting instead to run for the U.S. Senate.[18] A Green Party candidate, Andrew Straw[19] of Goshen, Indiana, A Libertarian Party candidate, Joe Ruiz [20] of Mishawaka, Indiana and Democrat Brendan Mullen[21] of South Bend are running.

On May 8, 2012, Walorski easily won the primary election with 73% of the vote, winning all 10 counties in the 2nd District.[22] [23] [24] [25]

Many articles have been written about Walorski's role as a woman running for Congress. [26]

Issues

Social Security

Walorski has advocated privatizing Social Security stating, “I think the one thing we have to do is the thing that Bush actually tried to do a couple years ago, which is privatize Social Security and allow people to invest in their own retirement” in a March 2010 interview. [27]

Electoral history

References

  1. ^ http://www.abc57.com/news/local/Karl-Rove-to-speak-at-RV-Hall-of-Fame-campaigning-for-Jackie-Walorski-144286375.html
  2. ^ http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/ind_detail/HUCKABEE%7CMIKE+D.%7CSANTA+ROSA+BEACH%7CFL%7C32459%7CSELF/
  3. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSQMyVaWggc&feature=player_embedded
  4. ^ http://www.in.gov/legislative/house_republicans/homepages/r21/bio.htm
  5. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=75912
  6. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=309862
  7. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=483495
  8. ^ South Bend Tribune, February 17, 2005 by Martin DeAgostino
  9. ^ http://staffblogs.etruth.com/TimVandenack/archive/2012/05/17/dems-blast-walorskis-2005-non-vote-on-daylight-savings-time.aspx
  10. ^ http://staffblogs.etruth.com/TimVandenack/archive/2012/05/17/dems-blast-walorskis-2005-non-vote-on-daylight-savings-time.aspx
  11. ^ http://www.standwithjackie.com/about-jackie/
  12. ^ South Bend Tribune. "Walorski officially announces campaign for Congress". South Bend Tribune. http://www.southbendtribune.com/article/20100131/News01/100139948/1129/News. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  13. ^ [1][dead link]
  14. ^ "State Rep. Jackie Walorski wins 2nd Congressional district GOP primary". Wndu.com. http://www.wndu.com/localnews/headlines/92833604.html. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  15. ^ http://nwitimes.com/app/blog/news/?p=4433
  16. ^ 2010 Election Results "CNN"
  17. ^ "Elkhart County Fares Well in Redistricting Changes". The Elkhart Truth. http://www.etruth.com/Know/News/Story.aspx?ID=539494. 
  18. ^ Michael D. Shear (9 May 2011). "Donnelly to Run for Senate in Indiana". New York Times. http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/09/donnelly-to-run-for-senate-in-indiana/. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  19. ^ "Straw for Congress". http://www.strawforcongress.com/. 
  20. ^ "Joe Ruiz for Congress". http://www.joeruizforcongress.com/. 
  21. ^ "Mullen for Indiana". http://www.mullenforindiana.com/. 
  22. ^ http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/IN_Page_0508.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS
  23. ^ http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/sbt-mullen-walorski-focused-on-fall-20120508,0,6010918.story
  24. ^ http://www.wndu.com/localnews/headlines/Walorski_Mullen_set_to_spar_in_2nd_district_150714855.html
  25. ^ http://kokomotribune.com/local/x1856220498/Peru-Walorski-Mullen-clinch-primary-wins
  26. ^ http://howeypolitics.com/main.asp?SectionID=10&SubSectionID=21&ArticleID=7762
  27. ^ http://www.etruth.com/article/20120808/NEWS01/708089937
  28. ^ Ballot Results

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