Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Congressman Walter Jones has died at 76

Walter Jones NC’s 3rd congressional district representative dies at 76	 	 	 			Walter Jones Walter Jones NC’s 3rd congressional district representative dies at 76 Walter Jones
Deanna Wagner | 11 February, 2019, 18:02

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

Jones, who represented North Carolina's 3rd congressional district in the Outer Banks, has died. "He was known for his independence, and widely admired across the political spectrum", the office wrote Sunday night. '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'.

His health began deteriorating and on January 26 his family announced that he had entered hospice care and asked for their privacy.

The Congressman had been battling an undisclosed illness for several months forcing him to miss votes on Capital Hill since the fall.

Jones served on the Committee on Armed Services, and is a member of various caucuses. In November, he was re-elected to his 13th term in office. However, he later regretted authorizing then-President George W. Bush to use force to topple Saddam Hussein.

A strong supporter of the U.S. Marines, Jones previously served in the North Carolina General Assembly. "And it's very special to me because it goes back to my regretting that I voted to go into the Iraq war".

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Before serving in the House of Representatives, Jones spent 10 years as a Democrat in the North Carolina state House.

"Congressman Jones represented the best of North Carolina politics", said Butterfield.

"Deeply saddened by the passing of Walter Jones-a beloved colleague and friend who had a profound impact on all through his graciousness, character, and committed Christian faith", Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., tweeted. 'God be with and keep his family. "I will miss his humility, intellect, and unwavering love of his community".

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.

To serve alongside Walter Jones was a great honor and privilege. He is survived by his wife, Jo Anne Jones, whom he married in 1966, and his daughter Ashley.