WASHINGTON – Members of Congress on Sunday evening paid tribute to their late colleague Walter B. Jones Jr.
Jones, a North Carolina Republican, died on Sunday, according to a statement released by his office. He was 76.
“Congressman Jones was a gentleman who treated his colleagues on both sides of the aisle with kindness, decency and compassion. He worked always in a spirit of bipartisanship to build a better future for his constituents and the American people, earning him the deep respect of all those who were fortunate enough to know and work with him,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement.
“He was a champion for our nation’s service members, seniors, children, and a faithful servant to the people of North Carolina’s 3rd District. Most importantly, he was a dear friend to many of us,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said in a statement.
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.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) February 10, 2019
Walter will be remembered as a man of strong principles, willing to take an unpopular stand when necessary. He was a hard-working and faithful public servant, and he will be sorely missed. Our prayers are with his family – may he rest in peace. 2/2
— Richard Burr (@SenatorBurr) February 11, 2019
— Senator Thom Tillis (@SenThomTillis) February 11, 2019
In late January Jones’ office announced that his health had declined after having sustained a broken hip and that he had been placed in hospice care.
Jones was elected to Congress in 1994. He was consistently ranked as one of the most bipartisan members of the lower chamber.
Jones supported the Bush administration’s decision to go to war in Iraq but would later rescind his support after learning that intelligence assessments leading up to the invasion may have been inaccurate.
Jones sponsored legislation to increase access to medical marijuana. He voted against the GOP tax reform bill.