North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones dies at 76

Lester Mason
February 11, 2019

He will be sorely missed.After faithfully representing the people of Eastern North Carolina in Congress and the state legislature for over 34 years, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) passed away this afternoon in Greenville, North Carolina.

Jones was a political maverick unafraid to buck his own party. His military-heavy district was a part of his change of heart, and his office displayed a wall of photos of Camp Lejeune Marines killed in the war on terror. "And it's very special to me because it goes back to my regretting that I voted to go into the Iraq war".

Jones' office said at the time he took the oath that he was expected to return to his seat. He ultimately signed well over 11,000 letters to the families of dead troops, describing that as a penance of sorts. He voted in favor of the second Iraq war, a vote he would later regret.

He had served in the House since 1995 and had already announced his 2018 campaign would be his last.

"Congressman Jones represented the best of North Carolina politics", said U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, a Wilson Democrat who gave Jones the oath of office on January 4 during a private visit to Jones' home. "Some may not have agreed with him, but all recognised that he did what he thought was right".

"It's absolutely about principle", he said.

Back in 2011, Jones was one of 10 members of Congress to file a lawsuit against President Obama in an effort to stop the US from sending troops to Libya, calling the USA bombing an "abuse of power".

"Congressman Jones will long be remembered for his honesty, faith and integrity", his office said in a statement on his passing.

Prior to his election to Congress, Jones served 10 years in the North Carolina House of Representatives.

"Congressman Jones represented the best in North Carolina politics". He became a Republican and was sent to Washington two years later.

"I am grateful for the life and service of my longtime friend Congressman Walter Jones Jr.", Cooper said.

He served in the North Carolina state House from 1982 through 1992, where he often clashed with Democratic leaders. "He was a public servant who was true to his convictions and who will be missed". He is survived by his wife, Jo Anne Jones, whom he married in 1966, and his daughter Ashley.

This article was written by Gary D. Robertson from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network. Funeral arrangements weren't immediately announced.

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