Walter Jones, congressman behind 'freedom fries', dies at 76

Sergio Conner
February 11, 2019

North Carolina's 3rd congressional district representative Walter Jones passed away on his 76th birthday after entering hospice at the end of January, according to WTVD. He moved into hospice on January 26 after suffering a broken hip.

"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. He was known for his independence, and widely admired across the political spectrum.

"I did not do what I should have done to read and find out whether Bush was telling us the truth about Saddam being responsible for 9/11 and having weapons of mass destruction", Jones told North Carolina radio host Tyler Cralle in 2015.

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

Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., was first elected to Congress in 1994. He was re-elected in November after running unopposed. He was sworn in remotely due to his illnesses.

Jones wrote over 12,000 letters to the families of service members killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the Washington Post reported.

But he later had a complete change of heart, becoming one of the most vocal critics of the war in his party.

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Jones initially supported the Iraq War, and after France opposed the invasion, he was behind the push to have House cafeterias call French fries "Freedom Fries", NBC News reports.

Jones also was a relentless advocate for campaign finance reform and controlling the national debt.

Before serving in the House of Representatives, Jones spent 10 years as a Democrat in the North Carolina state House. He served five terms in the North Carolina House as a Democrat before switching parties and winning a seat in Congress during a Republican wave election.

"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".

"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". "God be with and keep his family".

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