U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., died on Sunday afternoon, leaving another U.S. House of Representatives seat from North Carolina in question.
The Republican representative of District 3, known for reversing his position on U.S. military intervention in Iraq against party lines, turned 76 years old that day. He died in Greenville, about three weeks after he entered hospice care in January for a broken hip.
“Having worked alongside him for nearly 25 years, I can tell you without hesitation that he left North Carolina, Congress and our country better places than he found them,” U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., said in a statement on Sunday. “Walter will be remembered as a man of strong principles, willing to take an unpopular stand when necessary.”
In addition to Burr's statement, members of Congress from both sides of the aisle released statements mourning the death of the representative, citing his long tenure and voting record that was not always partisan.
“A respected colleague and a true friend, he will be remembered for his principled stands, sincere humility and deep love of North Carolina — which he proudly served for nearly a quarter of a century,” U.S. Rep. David Price, D-N.C., said in another Sunday statement.