Dean Swihart is best known for being the husband of Jackie Walorski, an American political US rep for Indiana’s 2nd congressional district from 2013 until she died in 2022. Walorski, who was a member of the Republican party, died in a car crash near Nappanee, Indiana.
Dean Swihart Teacher
Dean is a K-6 music teacher at Hums Elementary and Twin Branch Elementary, Mishawaka City School Corporation. In 2017 he was reportedly paid $65,007 as per open payroll.
Dean and Walorski were married in 1995. The couple resided in Jimtown, an unincorporated suburban community west of Elkhart. She was a member of South Gate Church, an Assemblies of God megachurch in South Bend.
A Post by the School City of Mishawaka mentioned him as he performed the National Anthem at the Indian Pacers vs. Miami Heat. The Facebook post reads,
“Congratulations to Dean Swihart, K-6 Music teacher at Hums Elementary and Twin Branch Elementary, on a great performance of the National Anthem at the Indiana Pacers vs Miami Heat game in Indianapolis on Easter Sunday.
The game was a sell-out, and there were about 18,000 people in attendance.”
Jackie Walorski Deatn & Cause
Walorski was among four people killed near Nappanee, Indiana, when a vehicle traveling northbound on State Road 19 on August 3, 2022. The vehicle veered left and collided head-on with Walorski’s vehicle traveling southbound, which contained two other passengers: Walorski’s communications director, Emma Thomson, and her district director, Zachery Potts.
The collision occurred near the intersection with State Road 119.
Jackie Walorski confirmed the news and wrote in a post,
“Dean Swihart, Jackie’s husband, was informed by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s office that Jackie was killed in a car accident this afternoon. She has returned home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers. In addition to the devastating loss of Congresswoman Walorski, it is with a broken heart that I announce the passing of two dedicated members of her staff, Zach Potts and Emma Thomson. They were the epitome of public servants who cared deeply about the work they performed on behalf of the constituents of Indiana’s Second Congressional District.”
– Tim Cummings, Chief of Staff”