Lawmakers pay tribute to Congressman Walter B. Jones Jr.

Lawmakers pay tribute to Congressman Walter B. Jones Jr.

Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) died on Sunday. He served in Congress for more than two decades (Public Domain)

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.

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.

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