By Vaishnavi Vaidyanathan
North Carolina Republican Rep. Walter Jones died in Greenville on Sunday, weeks after he entered hospice care. He died on his 76th birthday.
“Congressman Jones was a man of the people. With a kind heart and the courage of his convictions, he dedicated his life to serving his Savior and to standing up for Americans who needed a voice. He was a champion for our men and women in uniform and their families, always mindful of their service and sacrifice,” his office said in a Facebook post Sunday.
“Congressman Jones will long be remembered for his honesty, faith and integrity. He was never afraid to take a principled stand. He was known for his independence, and widely admired across the political spectrum. Some may not have agreed with him, but all recognized that he did what he thought was right. He will be sorely missed,” the post said.
Several politicians took to Twitter to offer their condolences.
“Deeply saddened by the passing of Walter Jones — a beloved colleague and friend who had a profound impact on all through his graciousness, character, and committed Christian faith. God be with and keep his family. We will miss him,” Rep. Mark Meadows tweeted.