Congressman Walter Jones dies at 76

Clay Curtis
February 14, 2019

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

After the Iraq War ended, Jones continued with his stance on deployed troops overseas, becoming a major supporter for pulling servicemen out of Afghanistan.

Jones also was a relentless advocate for campaign finance reform and controlling the national debt.

Nevertheless, Congressman Jones was widely respected by both Republicans and Democrats.

"Congressman Jones will long be remembered for his honesty, faith and integrity", the statement from his office said. There was no better champion for eastern North Carolina than Walter Jones. He understood that being a leader meant often putting political allegiances aside in order to bring people together around important work", Rep. G.K. Butterfield said in a statement, "To serve alongside Walter Jones was a great honor. He and Sen. Richard Burr, who was also elected to the House that year, were tied as the longest-serving members of North Carolina's congressional delegation.

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Jones's death leaves two of North Carolina's 13 congressional seats empty.

Joe Anne Jones and her husband Walter have one daughter, Ashley Elizabeth Jones. He served with conviction, humility, generosity and kindness. Rep. Jones did not share family photos on his social media pages.

"Renee and I join so many of our fellow North Carolinians in mourning the passing of my friend Congressman Walter Jones". "He saw the continuation of open-ended and illegal wars as an attack on the Constitution and an abuse of the men and women who volunteered to serve their country", wrote the American Conservative's Daniel Larison. "God be with and keep his family". We pray for comfort and peace for him and his family.

"I am grateful for the life and service of my longtime friend Congressman Walter Jones Jr. He was a public servant who was true to his convictions and who will be missed".

In a time of partisan politics, many Democrats worked with Rep. Jones (R) on issues ranging from ending the War in Iraq - a war he feverishly supported at first - to environmental issues impacting North Carolina, where he represented people in the Tar Heel state who live in the Outer Banks. "My prayers are with his family". "The family asks for your prayers, and for their privacy to be respected during this hard time", a statement released on his official congressional website said at the time. His most common failures to uphold the Constitution occurred in the areas of farm subsidies and, until 2003, foreign policy - understandable, though not excusable, mistakes in light of the fact that his district was largely agricultural and included several military installations.

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