Long-serving Republican Rep. Walter Jones dies on 76th birthday

Republican U.S. Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina, known for his criticism of the 2003 invasion of Iraq after initially supporting it, died Sunday.

His congressional office confirmed his death in a statement, saying Jones died on his 76th birthday in Greenville, North Carolina. Jones began hospice care in January after breaking his hip and took a leave of absence from Congress in late 2018.

“He was a champion for our men and women in uniform and their families, always mindful of their service and sacrifice,” the statement partially read. “Congressman Jones will long be remembered for his honesty, faith and integrity.  He was never afraid to take a principled stand.”

Jones had represented the state’s third congressional district since 1995. In combination with his service in the state Legislature, Jones held office for more than 34 years. He previously announced his 2018 campaign, for which he ran unopposed in the general election, was his last.

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