EASTERN NC – Rep. Walter Jones (NC-03) will turn 76 years old on Sunday, February 10. After battling an illness for months, and breaking his hip in January, Jones entered hospice care later than month. He has represented North Carolina’s Third Congressional District, on the coast of the Old North State, for nearly 25 years, and he has done so with an integrity, independence, and dedication to principle that few other politicians can match.
Jones is a liberty-minded conservative that has fought to reign in the federal government’s profligate spending, put a stop to endless foreign wars, and to protect life. His record in congress is laudable, and this month FreedomWorks s honoring him and his legacy as their member of the month.
“Rep. Jones came into Congress after narrowly winning his first election in 1994. With his victory, Rep. Jones became the first Republican to represent Eastern North Carolina since Reconstruction. Prior to joining Congress, Jones served four years in the North Carolina National Guard, and was an executive at his family’s business supply company.
During his time in Congress, Rep. Jones has been a defender of civil liberties and limited government. He routinely cosponsors legislation to cut spending, and balance the budget, and is one of the few legislators in Congress who proudly labels himself as a deficit hawk. Most recently, he co-sponsored the “Penny Plan,” a proposal that would cut federal spending by one percent each year for five years, at which point the budget would be balanced.
In November 2017, Rep. Jones’ bill, H.Res. 564 was named FreedomWorks’ bill of the month. The resolution affirmed Congress’ power over the debt ceiling and reiterated the damage that would be caused by continuing to raise it and neglect this responsibility. Rep. Jones has consistently been one of the few members of Congress willing to take the issue of our national debt seriously.
Rep. Jones is a four-time FreedomFighter Award winner. This award is given by FreedomWorks to members who consistently vote to uphold free markets and individual liberty.
For all new members of Congress seeking to assert their independence and to govern with principles before party loyalty, there are few greater role models than Rep. Jones. It has been an honor for FreedomWorks to have been able to fight alongside him in the effort to shrink government and cut spending. This is why FreedomWorks is proud to name Rep. Walter Jones as our member of the month for February 2019.”
It bears repeating that Jones is unique among politicians for his loyalty to the principles of limited government, free markets, and free men. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jones and his family as he fights another battle.
Read more about Rep. Walter Jones’ legacy as a defender of liberty here.