Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., died Sunday in Greenville, North Carolina, 15 days after his family announced he was in a hospice. He is 76.
"Congressman Jones was a man of the people," his statement said. "With a kind heart and courage of his convictions, he devoted his life to the service of his Savior and the advocacy of the Americans who needed a voice."
Jones suffered a broken thigh in his home on January 14 and underwent surgery at the Vidant Medical Center in Greenville the following day. His family issued a statement on January 26 stating that he had entered a hospice and asked for confidentiality. in recent years received congressional leave at the end of last year after they missed a number of votes.
Jones was elected for the first time in Congress in 1994, and was the third state of the state, which includes the cities of Kinston. , Greenville and New Bern for his entire career. He was re-elected in November after he had resigned without resistance. military actions. Later, however, regretted allowing President George W. Bush to use force to bring down Saddam Hussein.
"I did not do what I had to do to read and understand if Bush tells us the truth about Saddam's responsibility for September 11 and weapons of mass destruction," said Jones to North Carolina's leading Tyler Crail in 2015 . " Since I did not do my job then, I helped kill 4,000 Americans and go to my grave, sorry for that. "
Before joining Congress, Jones spent ten years in the House of Representatives of North Carolina, and his father, Walter Jones, senior, represented Neighborhood 1 North Carolina as a Democrat between 1966 and his death in 1992
"Deeply saddened by the death of Walter Jones, a beloved colleague and friend who had a strong influence on everyone through his mercy, character, and committed Christian faith," writes Mark Meadowes. "God be with and keep his family, we will miss."
Pamela Ng and Associated Press contributed to this report.