Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr. of N.C. dies at age 75
RALEIGH, N.C. — Republican U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr. of North Carolina, a once-fervent supporter of the 2003 invasion of Iraq who later became an outspoken critic of the war, died Sunday on his 76th birthday.
The congressman’s office said Jones died in Greenville. Jones entered hospice care in January after breaking his hip. He had been granted a leave of absence from Congress for an unspecified illness in late 2018 and was sworn in for his last term back home.
Jones had served in Congress since 1995. His death means Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper will schedule a special election to decide who will complete Jones’ two-year term in the coastal 3rd Congressional District.