North Carolina Republican Rep. Walter Jones passed on Sunday at age 76, as per an announcement on the congressman’s site.
“After loyally speaking to the general population of Eastern North Carolina in Congress and the state lawmaking body for more than 34 years, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) passed away this evening in Greenville, North Carolina. He was 76,” the announcement peruses.
Jones kicked the bucket on his 76th birthday celebration, as indicated by The Washington Post. Jones was set in hospice after his wellbeing declined following a broken hip he supported on January 14, as per his office. North Carolina Republican Rep. Imprint Walker posted on Twitter, “Walter Jones was exceptional. He presented with conviction, lowliness, liberality and graciousness. My sympathies to Jo Anne and the Jones family.”
Jones was first elected to Congress in 1994 and represented the state’s 3rd District, which includes the cities of Kinston, Greenville and New Bern, for his entire career. He was re-elected in November after running unopposed. His death means Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper will schedule a special election to decide who will complete Jones’ two-year term. State law requires the schedule include primary races as well in the GOP-leaning district. No specific dates are mandated in the law for the elections.
North Carolina Democrat Rep. G.K. Butterfield tweeted, “I am profoundly disheartened by the death of quite a while pioneer, pleased North Carolinian, a committed family man of profound confidence, and my companion of more than forty years-Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr.”
“To serve nearby Walter Jones was a significant privilege and benefit. Give us a chance to respect Walter Jones’ support of our nation and the significant authority he offered eastern North Carolina. I will miss his quietude, insightfulness, and steadfast love of his locale,” Butterfield composes.
California Democrat Rep. John Garamendi posted on Twitter, “@RepWalterJones was a boss for our people in uniform, a bellwether for good valor and administration, and one of my dearest companions in Congress. My heart is substantial to learn of his passing. A week ago, I presented a bill we grew together in his respect.”
California Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell posted on Twitter, “Tear, Rep. Walter Jones. He was a companion and a standout amongst my best accomplices over the path. I initially met Walter when I was a Hill understudy. In addition to the fact that he was sufficiently benevolent to converse with me, he recollected my name, and monitored me all through that late spring. His constituents were fortunate to have him.”
Rhode Island Democrat Rep. David Cicilline tweeted, “Walter Jones was an astute, gave official who dependably did what he felt was correct. I was particularly pleased to work with him to push for bringing our troops home from Afghanistan. He will be profoundly missed.”