At a Glance
- Career History: Missionary, Humanitarian Relief (1999-present); Indiana State Representative (2004-2009); Director of Development, Indiana University (1997-1999); Reporter, WSBT-TV (1985-1989); Director of Institution Advancement, Anicilla College (1991-1996)
- Birthday: August 17, 1963
- Hometown: Lakeville, Ind.
- Alma Mater: Taylor University (B.A., 1985); Liberty Baptist College (attended 1981-1983)
- Spouse: Dean Swihart
- Religion: Christian
- Campaign Office: 409 South Main Street, Elkhart, Indiana 46516
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Path To Power
Walorski began her career as a WSBT-TV reporter and college administrator and fundraiser before running for state office in 2004. Since 2004, she has been tapped as a rising star in the state and national Republican Party.
Walorski was elected to the Indiana House 2004. Within her first term, she was appointed assistant House floor leader, and she served on the Family, Children and Human Affairs, as well as the Public Policy committees. Walorski was rated as representing conservative issue positions 100 percent of the time and received an A or A+ rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA) between 2007 and 2010.
In her 2010 campaign against Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Walorski stressed fiscal and economic issue positions. However, in her time as Indiana state representative, she was most active on socially-conservative issues, including abortion, gun rights and civil liberties and civil rights.
Walorski is a Christian missionary with a record of legislative and political action against abortion rights, and pro-abortion rights organizations such as Planned Parenthood.
During her 2010 House campaign, Walorski received several high-profile endorsements from national GOP figures like Sarah Palin, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and former governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.