Republican North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones dies at 76

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

Congressman Walter Jones has died at the of 76.

Jones, who is survived by his wife and daughter, was re-elected in November after running unopposed. He became ill before the new session began, however, and was excused on December 11.

"I'll try to get 20 minutes at night" to make a floor statement, Jones said at the time of the Marines who died in the accident and were cleared, reported Stars and Stripes. Before being elected to Congress, Jones served 10 years in the North Carolina House of Representatives.

His office announced at 6 p.m. Sunday that he had died earlier in the afternoon. He was a Catholic who long opposed abortion rights.

Back in 2011, Jones was one of 10 members of Congress to file a lawsuit against President Obama in an effort to stop the USA from sending troops to Libya, calling the US bombing an "abuse of power". "He was known for his independence, and widely admired across the political spectrum", the office wrote Sunday night. He routinely voted against budget agreements supported by Republicans and Democrats alike because they relied on deficit spending. "And it's very special to me because it goes back to my regretting that I voted to go into the Iraq war".

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

On January 26, Jones' family released a statement saying that the congressman had been moved to hospice care and asked for privacy. During his tenure, our state and country went through important trials and came out stronger because of his work.

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Butterfield said he will miss Jones' "humility, intellect and unwavering love of his community".

Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis said Jones was the true embodiment of a public servant.

He was the son of conservative Democrat Congressman Walter Jones Sr, and switched parties to win as a Republican in 1994.

'He always did what he felt was right for his constituents, his district, and his country, and it was no wonder why he was so widely admired and trusted.

"Walter Jones was one of a kind".

"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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