Walter Jones, NC’s 3rd congressional district representative, dies at 76

11 Février, 2019, 17:58 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Rep. Walter Jones

Jones has served in Congress since January 1995 and is the son of former Rep. Walter Jones Sr.

Republican congressman Walter B Jones, known for changing the name of French fries in government cafeterias to "freedom fries", has died.

A statement from Jones' office said he passed away Sunday afternoon in Greenville. 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.

Jones had been placed in hospice a few weeks before his death and had recently undergone surgery for a broken hip.

Jones, who represented his North Carolina district for over 20 years, was fighting off several illnesses over the last few months, according to Fox News, and was granted a leave of absence in late 2018 after missing several votes on the floor.

Jones, a Republican, was first elected to the House in 1994 and won 12 more terms, including in 2018 when he ran unopposed in the general election. He had been re-elected to his 13th term in November and had announced he would retire at the end of the term.

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After the Iraq War ended, Jones continued with his stance on deployed troops overseas, becoming a major supporter for pulling servicemen out of Afghanistan. However, he later regretted authorizing then-President George W. Bush to use force to topple Saddam Hussein.

"Today, North Carolina lost a strong advocate and I lost a friend". "And it's very special to me because it goes back to my regretting that I voted to go into the Iraq war".

Prior to his election to Congress, Jones served 10 years in the North Carolina House of Representatives. The statement gave a nod to Jones' deep faith. "God be with and keep his family".

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

He was also involved in the effort to change the name of "French fries" to "freedom fried" in menus as a dig at France for not supporting USA troops entering Iraq.

To serve alongside Walter Jones was a great honor and privilege. 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.

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