Republican Rep. Walter Jones dies at 76

Elias Hubbard
February 11, 2019

A previous statement said "Congressman Walter B. Jones' (NC-3) health has declined after sustaining a broken hip last week". His family issued a statement on January 26 announcing that he had entered hospice care and asking for privacy. "He was a champion for our men and women in uniform and their families, always mindful of their service and sacrifice", his office wrote in the post.

Either Jones or his father, Walter Jones Sr., represented eastern North Carolina in Congress for five decades.

"Congressman Jones will long be remembered for his honesty, faith and integrity", a statement from his office said. He was never afraid to take a principled stand. He was known for his independence, and widely admired across the political spectrum. "He will be sorely missed". "He understood that being a leader meant often putting political allegiances aside in order to bring people together around important work", Congressman G.K. Butterfield said.

Like most Republicans - and a number of Democrats - Mr Jones backed President George W Bush's resolution to use military force in Iraq to oust its leader Saddam Hussein.

Jones was first elected to Congress in 1994 and represented the state's 3rd District, which includes the cities of Kinston, Greenville and New Bern, for his entire career. He was a proud representative of eastern North Carolina, and the residents of North Carolina's Third Congressional District are better off thanks to the lifelong service and dedication of Walter Jones.

At the time of his support of the Iraq War, Jones led the campaign to change the name of "french fries" and "french toast" on the menus in the three House cafeterias to "freedom fries" and "freedom toast", as a symbolic measure to hit back at France's position on the war.

Once a vocal supporter of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Jones later regretted his championing of the war and wrote to the families of US service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A strong supporter of the U.S. Marines, Jones previously served in the North Carolina General Assembly.

"For me, it's a sacred responsibility that I have to communicate my condolences to a family", Jones said in a 2017 interview with The Associated Press.

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