North Carolina Republican Congressman Walter Jones Passes Away

North Carolina Republican Congressman Walter Jones Passes Away

North Carolina Republican Congressman Walter Jones Passes Away

Jones has served in Congress since January 1995 and is the son of former Rep. Walter Jones Sr.

Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., an Eastern North Carolina congressman who made it his mission to atone for his vote sending US troops into Iraq in the early 2000s, died Sunday on his 76th birthday.

A statement from Jones' office said he passed away Sunday afternoon in Greenville. 'With a kind heart and the courage of his convictions, he dedicated his life to serving his Savior and to standing up for Americans who needed a voice'. However, he underwent surgery for a broken hip on January 15 and his office announced on January 26 that he had entered hospice.

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Jones had battled a multiple illnesses recently and was granted a leave of absence from Congress late past year after missing House votes since September.

Jones ran to represent his father's seat in the 1st Congressional District but lost in a runoff to Eva Clayton, the first black woman to represent North Carolina in Congress. Jones switched parties and ran in the 3rd District in 1994 and held the seat since then. In November, he was re-elected to his 13th term in office. Jones, a once-fervent supporter of the 2003 invasion of Iraq who later became an equally outspoken Republican critic of the war, died Sunday.

"I am deeply saddened by the passing of a longtime leader, proud North Carolinian, a devoted family man of deep faith and my friend of over 40 years", Rep. G.K. Butterfield said in a statement. "Because I did not do my job then, I helped kill 4,000 Americans, and I will go to my grave regretting that".

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'Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr. was the true embodiment of a public servant, ' North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis said in a statement.

The North Carolina congressman routinely wrote to families of military service members who died in combat, the Associated Press reported in 2017. 'God be with and keep his family.

He was also involved in the effort to change the name of "French fries" to "freedom fried" in menus as a dig at France for not supporting U.S. troops entering Iraq. Jones pushed to censor children's books depicting non-heterosexual couples and argued that conservatives are marginalized on college campuses.

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