Walter Jones, Veteran US Congressman From North Carolina, Dies at 76

14 February, 2019, 04:00 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Rep. Walter B. Jones in 2017

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.

No weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq, and it was later revealed that the war was justified using faulty information.

Jones initially supported the Iraq War, even gaining distinction for renaming French fries as "freedom fries" in Capitol Hill cafeterias after France refused to back the invasion. "Because I did not do my job then, I helped kill 4,000 Americans, and I will go to my grave regretting that".

The reversal angered many of his Republican colleagues. He ultimately signed well over 11,000 letters to the families of dead troops, describing that as a penance of sorts.

'I will miss his humility and unwavering love of his community, ' Butterfield said.

Joe Anne Jones was by her husband's side when he reversed course on the Iraq War. His office said he had plans to return January 3, when the new Congress began. State law requires the schedule include primary races as well in the GOP-leaning district.


In a 2013 interview with NC Policy Watch, Jones discussed the debt ceiling, gun control, immigration, and the damaging influence of Citizens United. He had been re-elected to his 13th term in November and had announced he would retire at the end of the term. But Jones deserves recognition and tribute for reasons that all Americans, including ones who would have disagreed with him on many issues, ought to appreciate.

"It's absolutely about principle", he said. His death will not get as much attention as the recent passing of former representative John Dingell, Jr., who was the longest-serving member of Congress in US history and in honor of whom flags were at half-staff at government buildings last week.

"He will be long remembered for his tireless advocacy for eastern North Carolina, which he loved dearly, and for always following his convictions, no matter the political cost", added Republican U.S. Sen. There was no better champion for eastern North Carolina than Walter Jones. He first ran for Congress in 1992 as a Democrat, attempting to fill the seat of his father Walter Jones Sr., who served in Congress for over 25 years, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. He became a Republican and was sent to Washington two years later.

Rep. Walter Jones, Jr. turned from pro-war to an antiwar firebrand after he discovered how Administrations lie us into war. He attended Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia during high school and then graduated with a bachelor's degree from Atlantic Christian College - now known as Barton College - in 1966.

Gov. Roy Cooper took to Twitter.

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