North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones dies at 76

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

Walter Jones, a 13-term Republican congressman from North Carolina who made a name for himself by becoming an outspoken critic of the war in Iraq after initially supporting the invasion, died Sunday afternoon, his office announced. He was known for his independence, and widely admired across the political spectrum. On January 14, Jones suffered a broken hip at his home in North Carolina and underwent surgery at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, North Carolina. His family issued a statement on January 26 announcing that he had entered hospice care and asking for privacy.

The Congressman had been battling an undisclosed illness for several months forcing him to miss votes on Capital Hill since the fall.

The son of a longtime Democratic congressman, Jones was first elected to serve his coastal North Carolina district in 1994. The fiscal and social conservative won unopposed in last November's general election after fending off Republican primary challengers stoked partly by Jones' willingness to dissent from the Washington leaders of his party. Jones wrote a letter of apology to Blitz's family, and went on to write 11,000 more to the relatives of service members who died in the war. However, he later regretted authorizing then-President George W. Bush to use force to topple Saddam Hussein.

State Senate Leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, said "North Carolina lost a strong advocate and I lost a friend".

"If I had known then what I know now, I wouldn't have supported the resolution" to go to war, Jones said in 2005.

Prior to his election to Congress, Jones served 10 years in the North Carolina House of Representatives.

"Congressman Jones represented the best of North Carolina politics", said Butterfield.

'Deeply saddened by the passing of Walter Jones-a beloved colleague and friend who had a profound impact on all through his graciousness, character, and committed Christian faith, ' Rep. Mark Meadows tweeted. "God be with and keep his family".

"Walter Jones was one of a kind".

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".

Related:

Comments

Latest news

More storms in store for snow-socked Pacific Northwest
With temperatures already in the teens or single digits, meteorologists predict low temperature records could be broken on Sunday. The rest of the week includes daytime highs of 3 C on Tuesday , - 2 C on Wednesday , 1 C on Thursday and 2 C on Friday .

'Roma' wins Best Film at UK's BAFTA awards
Meanwhile, Rami Malek won the Leading Actor prize for his role playing late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody . He paid tribute to his co-star, Lady Gaga, who was attending the Grammys in LA, which were taking place on the same night.

Michelle Obama delights Grammy crowd with girl power message
Looking ahead to the future of music, the Grammys put an emphasis this year on showcasing women in music. We all need each other, right? His speech appeared to be cut off by the show's producer.

More than 100 dead after drinking bootleg alcohol in India
In the adjoining Haridwar district, the death toll had risen to 28, from 12 on Friday, broadcaster NDTV reported. Officials says dozens more people are in hospitals recovering from the toxic brew.

Cardi B Performs ‘Money’ at Grammys
She won the best pop vocal album trophy for Sweetner beating Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello. Following an opening from a pianist, Cardi emerged in a sparkly black jumpsuit while strutting her stuff like a showgirl.

Other news