North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones Dead at 76

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GREENVILLE, N.C. – Republican U.S. Representative Walter B. Jones, of North Carolina’s 3rd congressional district in the Outer Banks, has died at the age of 76.

Jones had been in hospice care since January after his health declined following a broken hip.

The following is a statement from his office: After faithfully representing the people of Eastern North Carolina in Congress and the state legislature for over 34 years, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) passed away this afternoon in Greenville, North Carolina. He was 76.

Congressman Jones was a man of the people. With a kind heart and the courage of his convictions, he dedicated his life to serving his Savior and to standing up for Americans who needed a voice. He was a champion for our men and women in uniform and their families, always mindful of their service and sacrifice.

Congressman Jones will long be remembered for his honesty, faith and integrity. He was never afraid to take a principled stand. He was known for his independence, and widely admired across the political spectrum. Some may not have agreed with him, but all recognized that he did what he thought was right.

He will be sorely missed.