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Indiana Funeral Set for Republican Rep. Warorski Who Died in Clashes

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GRANGER, Indiana (AP) — Indiana Republican Rep. Jackie Waroski's funeral was held Thursday in her home state of Indiana, where she and three others were on the highway. died in a head-on collision.

A funeral service is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at Granger's community church, she said on the Palmer Funeral Homes website.

Warorski, 58, was in her SUV with two of her staff members on Aug. 3 when, for unknown reasons, she hit a highway median in northern Indiana. and collided with an oncoming vehicle near the town of Wakalsa. said the Elkhart County Sheriff's Office.

Warorski, who was driving her 27-year-old staff, Mishawaka's Zachary Potts, and her 28-year-old communications her director, Emma of Washington, D.C. All Thomsons died. A woman driving a car was also hit by an SUV.

Potts was Warorski's district chief and Republican chairman of St. Joseph's County in northern Indiana.

Warorski was first elected to represent Northern Indiana's Second Congressional District in 2012 and was seeking re-election this year in a solid Republican congressional district.

Wororski's husband, Dean Swihart, said in a statement Wednesday that he was "touched by the support and kindness" his family received after her death. Her loss leaves a huge void in our families, communities and Congress," Swihart said. "Our family is dedicated to celebrating Jackie's memory and mourning her loss as she returns home to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ."

Republican Governor Eric Holcomb has set a special election to fill the remainder of Warorski's current term, which will run for the rest of the year, on the same day as the November 8 general election. did.

Under Indiana law, local Republican officials would determine the special election nomination to replace Warorski and complete her two-year term. The state Republican Party has scheduled her August 20th caucuses for these elections. The Republican candidate has yet to announce a seat.