#BREAKING: GOP lawmaker Walter Jones dies at 76
Read: John McCain and the lost art of decency Most Americans knew of Jones—if they knew of him at all—as a driving force behind the bizarre 2003 episode in which Republicans directed the U.S. House cafeteria to change the name of French fries to “freedom fries” as revenge for French opposition to the war in Iraq.
The death of Walter Jones is a true loss for America. He was one of Congresss worst propagandists ahead of the Iraq war, but went on to demonstrate that human beings can profoundly change.
North Carolina Republican Rep. Walter Jones has died at age 76, according to a statement on the congressmans website
RIP @RepWalterJones, perhaps the last true iconoclast in the House GOP
One of Congress’s few vocal critics of the wars who demanded oversight when most members sat silent. // Walter Jones, ‘freedom fries’ congressman who became Iraq War critic, dies at 76
Rep. Walter Jones Jr. of North Carolina, a once-fervent supporter of the 2003 invasion of Iraq who later became an outspoken Republican critic of the war, has died at age 76.
That sounds a lot like a certain Arizona senator who died recently, but it’s not John McCain—it’s Representative Walter Jones of North Carolina.
He first ran for Congress in 1992 as a Democrat, attempting to fill the seat of his father Walter Jones Sr., who served in Congress for over 25 years, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
GOP Rep. Walter Jones, Who Spent Years Seeking Redemption For Iraq Vote, Dies At 76 Republican Congressman Walter Jones, who represented North Carolina for 24 years, died Sunday after complications from a fall.
When he was re-elected to a 13th term in November, Jones was the only House Republican nationwide to run unopposed.
"I have signed over 12,000 letters to families and extended families who've lost loved ones in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and that was for me asking God to forgive me for my mistake," he told NPR in 2017.
Walter Jones, a maverick House Republican, dies at 76
Jones was originally a strong proponent of the Iraq war, but after attending the funeral of a Marine sergeant killed by a rocket-propelled grenade, Jones came to believe the human cost was too great.
And it made Jones seem like a super-advocate for the Iraq war, yet he eventually became one of its loudest critics.
Jones wasn't a member of the Freedom Caucus, but he supported many of its positions in his 24 years serving the 3rd District of North Carolina.
In 2005, @RepWalterJones publicly renounced his Iraq War vote and called on Bush to set a timeline for withdrawal from Iraq.
It made him appear to be a cartoonish lockstep Republican, when in fact Jones was consistently one of the members of Congress most likely to vote against his party.
Although the late Arizona senator became identified with bucking his party, it was Jones far more than McCain who epitomized the “Maverick” sobriquet.
Amid a class of rebellious Republicans in 1994, Walter B. Jones Jr. stood out. He was a man who reflected on his beliefs, talked openly with reporters who covered him, and was willing to change his mind. @feliciasonmez captures him well in this obituary:
North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones, a Republican known for his opposition to the Iraq war and his criticism of Trump, has died at age 76
Rep. Walter Jones Jr., a 13-term Republican from eastern North Carolina whose about-face on the Iraq War came to define his congressional service, died Sunday on his 76th birthday, his congressional office confirmed.
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, announced Jones' death on Twitter on Sunday afternoon.
Jones ignored his party's leaders in 2012 when he voted against extending tax increases enacted during the administration of Republican President George W. Bush (a vote that cost him his seat on the Financial Services Committee), and he was the only House Republican to vote against the Republican tax bill in 2017 — he said the measure would add too much to the national deficit.
I didn’t agree often with Walter but he was kind and gracious to all, especially children brought to the House floor, including ours as they grew up. The deaths of our patriots in war took an emotional toll on him. Rest easy, amigo.
Before serving in the House of Representatives, Jones spent 10 years as a Democrat in the North Carolina state House.
North Carolina Republican Rep. Walter Jones dies at 76