Republican Rep. Walter Jones dies at 76

Republican Rep. Walter Jones dies at 76

His health declining in recent months, Jones entered hospice care in January after breaking his hip. "The family asks for your prayers, and for their privacy to be respected during this hard time", a statement released on his official congressional website said at the time.

"Congressman Jones was a man of the people". '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'.

Republican congressman Walter B Jones, known for changing the name of French fries in government cafeterias to "freedom fries", has died. 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 USA history and in honor of whom flags were at half-staff at government buildings last week. Instead of rationalization or doubling down, he devoted much effort to understanding the tragic mistake the entire nation had made and to seeing how such mistakes could be avoided in the future.

'He was known for his independence, and widely admired across the political spectrum, ' 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 will be sorely missed", the post said.

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Walter B Jones, a 24-year veteran of US Congress, has died on his 76th birthday. USA members of Congress voiced their concern about "escalating" US involvement in the Syrian Civil War during the event. He was a proud representative of eastern North Carolina, and the residents of North Carolina's Third Congressional District are better off thanks to the lifelong service and dedication of Walter Jones. 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.

In a time of partisan politics, many Democrats worked with Rep. Jones (R) on issues ranging from ending the War in Iraq - a war he feverishly supported at first - to environmental issues impacting North Carolina, where he represented people in the Tar Heel state who live in the Outer Banks. "God be with and keep his family. My condolences to Jo Anne and the Jones family", North Carolina Rep, Mark Walker tweeted.

Perhaps the most noteworthy highlight of Jones' congressional tenure was his fight to see the repeal of the Johnson Amendment, a law that denies tax exempt status to any organization - including houses of worship - if they endorses or oppose political candidates. I will miss his humility, intellect, and unwavering love of his community.

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