Republican North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones dies at 76

Rep. Walter Jones died Sunday partway through his 13th term in the House of Representatives. He was 76

Rep. Walter Jones died Sunday partway through his 13th term in the House of Representatives. He was 76

Jones had suffered a broken hip at his home on January 14 and underwent surgery at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville the following day.

He will also be remembered for being one of the Congressmen who pushed to rename the congressional cafeteria's french fries to "Freedom fries,"after the French opposed the 2003 USA military action in Iraq".

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.

"Congressman Jones will long be remembered for his honesty, faith and integrity", his office said in a statement on his passing. He was never afraid to take a principled stand. Some may not have agreed with him, but all recognized that he did what he thought was right. "He will be sorely missed".

In response, Mr Jones and his fellow Republican Robert W Ney pushed for cafeterias in the House of Representatives to rename their French fries and French toast "freedom fries" and "freedom toast". "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.

Jones served as Democrat in the state House of Representatives for five terms from 1982 until 1992, when his father, U.S. Rep. Walter Jones Sr., died in office.

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Jones served on the Committee on Armed Services, and is a member of various caucuses.

In Congress, Mr. Jones was known as a kind and decent man, even as he was dedicated to his positions, and willing to face the ire of party leaders for his stances. I will miss his humility, intellect, and unwavering love of his community.

He wrote hundreds of personal letters to the families of service men and women killed in the war and frequently called on Congress to restrict the executive branch from waging war without the authorization of congress, as spelled out in the Constitution.

"Today, North Carolina lost a strong advocate and I lost a friend".

"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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