Republicans Honor Rep. Walter Jones: ‘It’s a Sad Day for the House of Representatives’

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Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) passed away Sunday night, prompting an outpouring of memorials from his colleagues on Capitol Hill.

Jones first joined Congress in 1995 and continued to serve until his passing, leaving many of his Republican peers with decades of memories to reflect upon. Several took to Twitter to pay their respects and offer condolences to Jones’ family.

Former House Speaker Paul Ryan:

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.):

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.):

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas):

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.):

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.):

Having served for over two decades, Jones was able to leave a mark on several of his colleagues. In fact, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) first met Jones while serving as a congressional intern.

Many of the memorials honored Jones for his lifelong dedication to liberty and peace. Jones was not the type of congressman to blindly follow his party. He had strong views and was proud to admit when he believed he made the wrong call, most notably his regret in voting to go to war in Iraq.

No matter their political persuasion, his colleagues from both sides of the aisle respected his patriotism and open-mindedness.

Jones will certainly be missed by his peers in Washington.

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