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Congressman Jones passes at age 76

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Congressman Walter Jones Jr., R-NC, who represented the 3rd Congressional District, speaks at a meeting of the Edenton Rotary Club in April 2017.

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From staff reports

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Congressman Walter Jones, R-NC, has passed away at the age of 76, according to multiple reports and social media posts.  

The Facebook page of Rep. Jones posted the following statement shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday. 

“After faithfully representing the people of Eastern North Carolina in Congress and the state legislature for over 34 years, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) passed away this afternoon in Greenville, North Carolina. He was 76.

“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. He was a champion for our men and women in uniform and their families, always mindful of their service and sacrifice.”

Congressman G.K. Butterfield, D-NC, issued the following statement shortly after 6 p.m Sunday regarding Jones’s passing. 

"I am deeply saddened by the passing of a long time leader, proud North Carolinian, a devoted family man of deep faith, and my friend of over forty years, Congressman Walter B. Jones Jr.,” Butterfield stated. 

"Congressman Jones represented the best of North Carolina politics. He understood that being a leader meant often putting political allegiances aside in order to bring people together around important work,” Butterfield continued. “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.”

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper also issued the following statement Sunday evening. 

"I am grateful for the life and service of my longtime friend Congressman Walter Jones Jr.,” Cooper said. “He was a public servant who was true to his convictions and who will be missed."

Jones suffered serious health issues last year and has not been able to vote in the U.S. House of Representatives since September, according to published reports. Those health issues were not fully disclosed, but they led to him entering hospice earlier this month, drawing prayers and condolences from both parties and across the nation.

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