Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr

Walter Jones

North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones dies at 76

In the wake of Rep. Walter Jones' death on Sunday, many from both sides of the political aisle in Washington shared how Jones served his constituents and country as a member of Congress.

GettyU.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) (L) and Rep Walter Jones (R-NC) attend a news conference to announce bipartisan legislation calling on President George W. Bush to set a plan for beginning phase-out of U.S. troops in Iraq on Capitol Hill June 16, 2005 in Washington, DC. His office said that his health declined after his fall on 14 January.

This story is breaking and will be updated. He strongly supported the US -led invasion of Iraq in 2003, and to protest France's opposition to the war, he famously led an effort to rename French fries to Freedom fries at House cafeterias.

Jones later filed a bill to require withdrawal of US troops from Iraq in 2006, once it was discovered the country had no weapons of mass destruction. For this - especially his reversal on Iraq - he was pilloried by many of his fellow Republicans; the GOP even tried to unseat him in primaries to no avail.

On January 26, Jones' family released a statement saying that the congressman had been moved to hospice care and asked for privacy.

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

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"After faithfully representing the people of Eastern North Carolina in Congress and the state legislature for over 34 years, Congressman Walter B. Jones passed away this afternoon in Greenville", his office said in a statement. Some may not have agreed with him, but all recognized that he did what he thought was right. "He was a champion for our men and women in uniform and their families, always mindful of their service and sacrifice". In November, he was re-elected to his 13th term in office.

Jones, the son of U.S. Congressman Walter B. Jones Sr., was a Democrat when he entered politics in the early 1980s. '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.

Jones is a 1966 graduate of Atlantic Christian College, now Barton College.

"Walter Jones was a man of decency, honor, and upstanding moral character", Hayes said. Thom Tillis of North Carolina.

In a statement, Cooper on Sunday called Jones a longtime friend and "public servant who was true to his convictions and who will be missed".

Joe Anne Jones and her husband Walter have one daughter, Ashley Elizabeth Jones.

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