Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Congressman Walter Jones Jr. of North Carolina dies at 76

Congressman Walter Jones Jr. of North Carolina dies at 76

Jones is a 1966 graduate of Atlantic Christian College, now Barton College. He always sat in the back pew, according to a 2006 Mother Jones profile.

Butterfield, a Wilson Democrat representing the 1st Congressional District, administered Jones' oath of office in January. His office shared a list of bills that he had co-sponsored aimed at protecting the unborn. Surviving relatives include Jones' wife, Joe Anne, and daughter, Ashley.

A second was his rejection of the partisan tribalism that pervades Congress and American politics. From 2005 until 2007, she worked for the state's Agricultural Department in federal relations. Congressman Jones served the people of his state with passion in the General Assembly and the U.S. Congress.

"My friend and colleague Walter Jones has passed away". The house was built in 1972 and has a current market value of $172,534.

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"To serve alongside Walter Jones was a great honor and privilege".

Jones had not voted in the US House for several months after getting sick last fall. As stated above, his family has not disclosed details about what the congressman was suffering from. The 3rd District Republican congressman's health declined after he suffered a broken hip and underwent surgery on January 15. He is now in hospice care.

"Congressman Jones was a man of the people", the statement said.

The Republican lawmaker was also a man of faith, dedicating his life to serving his savior, Jesus Christ, and to standing up for Americans who needed a voice, for the military and for their families. "He was a champion for our men and women in uniform and their families, always mindful of their service and sacrifice", his office said in a Facebook post Sunday. "When I leave Congress, I would rather have one thing said about me: "I will never question Walter Jones" integrity'". Instead of rationalization or doubling down, he devoted much effort to understanding the tragic mistake the entire nation had made and to seeing how such mistakes could be avoided in the future. He was known for his independence, and widely admired across the political spectrum.

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In a 2018 AP interview, Jones said that he wasn't afraid to oppose GOP leaders "when I don't think they're right".

Republican U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr. of North Carolina, a once-fervent supporter of the 2003 invasion of Iraq who later became an equally outspoken critic of the war, died Sunday on his 76th birthday. He voted in favor of the second Iraq war, a vote he would later regret.

He will also be remembered for being one of the Congressmen who pushed to rename the congressional cafeteria's french fries to "Freedom fries,"after the French opposed the 2003 US military action in Iraq".

Jones was originally a strong proponent of the Iraq war, but after attending the funeral of a Marine sergeant killed by a rocket-propelled grenade, Jones came to believe the human cost was too great.

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