Rep. Wal­ter B. Jones Jr. of N.C. dies at age 75

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - NATION & WORLD 2 -

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.

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