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- Federal appeals court rules against Virginia’s gay marriage ban
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Birthdate: Aug. 13, 1963
Birth Place: South Bend, IN, United States
Residence: Elkhart, IN
District: District 2
Undergraduate: Taylor University
Jackie Walorski was born and raised in South Bend, Ind., and now resides in Elkhart. Her father was a South Bend firefighter. She earned a bachelor's in communication and public administration from Taylor University.
Walorski started her career as a reporter at WSBT-TV in South Bend. She also worked as executive director for the St. Joseph County Humane Society and as a development director to raise funds for colleges and universities.
Walorski moved with her husband to Romania where they started a foundation to provide medical supplies to impoverished children. She served three terms in the Indiana House.
Her husband, Dean, is a music teacher.
Jackie Walorski easily won the May 2012 Republican primary for Indiana's 2nd District, defeating Greg Andrews with 73 percent of the vote.
Walorski says she is running to be an independent voice. She supports lowering taxes on small businesses, saying Congress needs to create a pro-growth economic environment.
She wants to repeal the 2010 health care reform bill, saying she favors changes such as rewriting medical malpractice laws to reduce frivolous lawsuits and stop doctors from practicing defensive medicine; creating insurance pools that would allow small businesses to pool resources to have the same buying power as large corporations; and to increase use the of electronic medical records and improve coordination of care which she says would reduce duplications and improve efficiency.
Walorski supports strengthening border security and implementing a zero-tolerance deportation policy for people who come into the country illegally.
She says Congress needs to cut spending immediately. She favors a constitutional balanced budget amendment, eliminating earmarks, forcing Congress to pass a budget every year, making changes to entitlement spending, and eliminating waste, fraud and abuse.
Walorski says the country must develop a better energy policy. She favors allowing more domestic oil and natural gas exploration, increasing use of renewable fuels, increasing conservation through energy efficient appliances and homes and more use of nuclear power.
She ran unsuccessfully in 2010 against Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelley. She was supported by tea party groups during that campaign and was endorsed by former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
Walorski served three terms in the Indiana House, where she pushed anti-abortion legislation and opposed gambling expansion proposals. She drew some criticism for supporting Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels' decisions to switch the state to daylight saving time and lease the Indiana Toll Road.
Also during her time in the state House, Walorski proposed legislation making it mandatory for prosecutors to seek either the death penalty or life without parole for anyone convicted of killing a police officer in the line of duty.
Source: Associated Press
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