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North Carolinians reflect on the life, legacy of Congressman Walter Jones

Congressman Walter Jones Jr., who served in Congress and the state legislature for over 34 years, died Sunday on his 76th birthday.

The long-serving Republican was a fiscal hawk who repeatedly spoke out against the war in Afghanistan.

In a 2013 interview with NC Policy Watch, Jones discussed the debt ceiling, gun control, immigration, and the damaging influence of Citizens United. Click below to listen to that interview:

Here’s how North Carolina’s top elected officials are remembering Congressman Jones:

“Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr. was the true embodiment of a public servant. He will be long remembered for his tireless advocacy for Eastern North Carolina, which he loved dearly, and for always following his convictions, no matter the political cost. 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. It was a true honor to serve with Walter Jones. Susan and I send our deepest condolences to Joe Anne and his loving family.”
– U.S. Senator Thom Tillis

“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.

“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. 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.

“To serve alongside Walter Jones was a great honor and privilege. Let us honor Walter Jones’ service to our country and the profound leadership he offered eastern North Carolina. I will miss his humility, intellect, and unwavering love of his community.

“I send my condolences to his wife Joe Anne, his daughter Ashley, and all those who had the honor of knowing and benefitting from the work of Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr. Rest in peace, my friend.”
– Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01)

“Walter Jones was one of a kind. He served with conviction, humility, generosity and kindness. My condolences to Jo Anne and the Jones family.”
– Congressman Mark Walker (NC-06)

“Renee and I join so many of our fellow North Carolinians in mourning the passing of my friend Congressman Walter Jones. He was a man of character and strong faith who served his country honorably— he will indeed be missed.”
– Congressman Richard Hudson (NC-08)

“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. We will miss him.”
– Congressman Mark Meadows (NC-11)

– Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12)

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

“I’m proud to serve the same state as the late Congressman Walter Jones, an immovable advocate for eastern North Carolinians and our armed forces who set a strong example of civil discourse & principled leadership in Washington D.C. for a quarter-century. ”
– NC House Speaker Tim Moore

“Whether serving in Raleigh or DC, Jones’ first priority was always eastern NC.
He was an increasingly rare kind to stand alone on an issue that, while not popular, he saw as right. My prayers are with his family.”
– Senator Dan Blue

“Congressman Walter Jones was a passionate patriot willing to fight for sometimes unpopular causes while remaining a humble & approachable statesman. I appreciate his lifetime of service and offer my condolences to his family and constituents. We are better having known you.”
– Rep. David Lewis

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