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Walter Jones Biography
Walter Jones was an American politician who served as the U.S. Representative for North Carolina’s 3rd congressional district, from 1995 until his death in 2019. A 12-term congressman, he was a Republican while in that office. The district encompasses the Outer Banks and stretches from areas near the Pamlico Sound down to Wilmington. Jones’s father was Walter B. Jones Sr., a Democratic Party congressman from the neighboring 1st district.
Walter Jones Age|Walter Jones Birthday
Walter Jones was born as Walter Beaman Jones Jr Born on 10 February 1943, in Farmville, North Carolina, United States. He died on 10 February 2019 at 76 years.
Walter Jones Net Worth
As of 2015, he had an estimated net worth for $585509.
Walter Jones Family
He was born to the late Walter B. Jones Sr.and Dot Long Jones. Walter B. Jones Sr.was the U.S. representative.
Walter Jones Spouse
In 1966, he married Joe Anne Whitehurst , and the couple had one child, a daughter, Ashley.
Walter Jones Education
He went to Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia and graduated in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts from Atlantic Christian College in Wilson, North Carolina. He also worked as an executive with his family’s business supply company before serving four years in the North Carolina National Guard.
Walter Jones Illness
He died weeks after he entered hospice for a previous hip injury Sunday, 10, 2019 1n the afternoon. A news release from his office said.
“Deeply saddened by the passing of Walter Jones — a beloved colleague and friend,” Rep. Mark Meadows (NC-11) wrote on Twitter about his fellow Republican.
He served North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District and was granted a leave of absence on December 11, 2018.
A statement was released on Jones’ official congressional website on Jan 26 about his health:
“Congressman Walter B. Jones’ (NC-3) health has declined after sustaining a broken hip last week. He is now in hospice care. The family asks for your prayers, and for their privacy to be respected during this difficult time.”
WNCT obtained the Congressional Record from that day which shows Jones was granted the leave due to an illness. The Associated Press reported that Jones had surgery Jan. 15 for a broken hip suffered at his Farmville home.
he also served in the seat since 1995 and announced during the 2018 campaign that this term would be his last.
He made news earlier this year when he suggested that President Trump put up some of his own money to build a border wall. Jones said the national debt was already too high.
Walter Jones News|Walter Jones Death
Jones died in Greenville, N.C., according to a statement from his office. He had been absent from the Capitol with an undisclosed illness since September. He moved into hospice on Jan. 26 after suffering a broken hip.
“Congressman Jones will long be remembered for his honesty, faith and integrity,” the statement said. “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.”
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, a fellow North Carolina Republican, tweeted the news of Jones’ passing on Sunday, writing that Jones was “a beloved colleague and friend who had a profound impact on all through his graciousness, character, and committed Christian faith.”
Jones’ Southern drawl and courtly manners belied a conviction that often put him at odds with his own party. He represented an eastern section of North Carolina that included the Outer Banks and several military installations for 24 years, casting hundreds of votes in that time, but he was haunted by one: his vote to authorize the war in Iraq in 2002.
Jones often recalled the spring day in 2003 that he resolved to oppose the war at the sight of the young son of a U.S. Marine killed in combat. Jones sat beside the slain man’s widow at his funeral at Camp Lejeune, the Marine Corps’ East Coast headquarters located in his district. The wrenching realization that her child would grow up without a father moved Jones. By the end of that year, U.S. fatalities in Iraq would reach nearly 600.
Once a hawk who directed House cafeterias to rename French fries “freedom fries” because France opposed the war of Iraq, Jones became one of the most persistent anti-war voices in Congress.
Photos of Camp Lejeune Marines killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, most the young faces of men in their teens and 20s, line the hallway outside his congressional office.
Jones was raised Baptist but converted to Catholicism when he was 31 and remained devout throughout his life. He spoke about his opposition to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in moral terms.
For nearly 15 years, Jones signed letters to the families of members of the military killed in combat — roughly 12,000, by his estimate.
“That’s my apology every time I sign one. But that’s also my apology to God,” Jones told The Nation a few months before illness caused him to miss House votes.
Walter Jones Elections
- In 1992,
After his father announced his retirement from Congress in 1992, Jones ran for his father’s seat in North Carolina’s 1st congressional district. He ranked first in the Democratic primary with 38% of the vote,but failed to reach the 50% threshold to win the nomination. In the run-off election, he was defeated by Eva Clayton, Chairwoman of the Warren County Board of Commissioners, by a margin of 55%–45%. Clayton received support from three of the defeated primary candidates and from the African American community. Jones Sr. died before his term expired, and Clayton was elected to serve out the last two months of his term.
- In 1994,
In 1994, he switched parties and ran in North Carolina’s 3rd congressional district, which had absorbed a large chunk of his father’s former territory. His race against incumbent Democrat Martin Lancaster was initially very close until Jones released a picture of Lancaster jogging with President Bill Clinton, whose socially liberal stances angered many voters in the district. Although Democrats have a large advantage in registered voters, the 3rd district has always had a very strong social conservative tint; Jesse Helms in particular had a large base of support there. As part of the 1994 Republican takeover of Congress, Jones defeated Lancaster 53%–47%. With his victory, Jones became the first Republican to represent a significant portion of Eastern North Carolina in the House since Reconstruction.
From 1994 on Jones won re-election with at least 61% in every general election. His most serious general election challenge came in 2000, when his opponent spent well in excess of $1.4 million in attempting to unseat him. Jones garnered 61% of the vote in that contest, largely helped by George W. Bush winning the 3rd with his highest victory margin in the state.
- In 2006,
He was easily re-elected to a 7th term in 2006, receiving 69% of the vote despite a very bad national result for Republicans overall.
- In 2008,
Jones’ change of heart on the Iraq War resulted in him facing serious primary opposition for the first time since his initial run for Congress. He was challenged by On slow County Commissioner Joe McLaughlin. Jones defeated the poorly funded McLaughlin 59%–41%. In the general election, Jones defeated Craig Weber 66%–34%.
- In 2010,
In the general election, he defeated Johnny Rouse with 73% of the vote.
- In 2012,
He faced Frank Palombo, a former New Bern police chief in the Republican primary on May 8 and won.He won against Marine Corps Veteran Erik Anderson in the general election.
- In 2014,
He faced Taylor Griffin, a former aide to President George W. Bush, who was heavily supported by outside money, and won the Republican Party primary on May 6.
- In 2016,
He defeated Democrat Ernest Reeves by 67%-32%.
- In 2018,
Jones was re-elected to his final term in November 2018 unopposed.
Walter Jones Freedom Fries|Walter Jones Iraq War
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, 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.
Jones initially supported the war in 2002 – even going so far as to have spearheaded the effort to persuade the House cafeterias to rename french friesas “Freedom Fries” to protest France’s opposition to the U.S.-led war.
Tax code changes leave Americans asking, ‘What happened to my refund?’ When Jones wrote that first letter, “There were a lot of emotions going through my mind, and I still carry today the pain of voting for an unnecessary war,” he told The Daily Tar Heel, the student newspaper at the University of North Carolina, in November 2017.
Jones told the newspaper that he also began regularly visiting wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland “To be reminded that war is hell – people die; people get wounded.” Jones was a conservative Democrat when he first ran to succeed his father in Congress in 992.
Jones voted with the party 81 percent of the time over his full congressional career – but only about 60 percent of the time after Trump was sworn in in January 2017.
Walter Jones Trump Wall
In 2018, He suggested President Donald Trump should consider paying for the wall with some of his own money.
He was worried that President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall will add to the federal debt that he even proposed that the president should pony up some of his own money for the wall.
“If Mexico isn’t going to be made to pay for a wall, that means funds must be found internally,” the North Carolina Republican said.
“As a wealthy man, the president might consider pledging some of his own funds as well [to help build the wall],” Jones said. “Whatever it takes, just so long as we don’t add to the debt that is bankrupting our great country.”
On the 2016 campaign trail, Trump promised that Mexico would pay for the wall. Mexico has not paid for the wall. Its government and diplomats have made clear they do not intend for Mexico to pay for the wall.
Jones and other Republicans have argued that the wall must be built to stem illegal border crossings, but the government needs a “fiscally responsible plan” to pay for the project.
“America’s national debt is nearly $22 trillion. Next year our annual deficit is projected to top $1 trillion. We can’t afford to keep financing the provision of government services by borrowing more and more money. It’s morally irresponsible and it’s got to stop,” Jones said.
In addition to Trump offering some of his own money, Jones also suggested slashing funds for ongoing military operations in Afghanistan and other foreign aid programs and trimming “wasteful federal spending.”
The suggestion that private citizens offer their own money to help fund the wall is no longer a novel idea.
Walter Jones Funeral
His funeral updates have not been released.