Congressman Walter Jones has died at the of 76.
"I did not do what I should have done to read and find out whether Bush was telling us the truth about Saddam being responsible for 9/11 and having weapons of mass destruction", Jones told a reporter in 2015.
"Congressman Jones was a man of the people", the statement said. His office said that his health declined after his fall on 14 January.More news: Grammys 2019: Michelle Obama's Surprise Appearance And Girl Power Message
At the time of his support of the Iraq War, Jones led the campaign to change the name of "french fries" and "french toast" on the menus in the three House cafeterias to "freedom fries" and "freedom toast", as a symbolic measure to hit back at France's position on the war.
Mr. Jones was a legacy in Congress, following in the footsteps of his father, Walter B. Jones Sr., who represented eastern North Carolina for 26 years as a Democrat.
Once a vocal supporter of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Jones later regretted his championing of the war and wrote to the families of USA service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.More news: Townsend backs Scotland to bounce back against France
Rep. Walter Jones (R) (R-NC) speaks during a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol in opposition to the involvement of U.S. military forces in Syria March 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Congressman Jones served the people of his state with passion in the General Assembly and the U.S. Congress. He was a proud representative of eastern North Carolina, and the residents of North Carolina's Third Congressional District are better off thanks to the lifelong service and dedication of Walter Jones. I will miss his humility, intellect, and unwavering love of his community.
"He always did what he felt was right for his constituents, his district, and his country, and it was no wonder why he was so widely admired and trusted".
I send my condolences to his wife Joe Anne, his daughter Ashley, and all those who had the honor of knowing and benefitting from the work of Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr.More news: Google plans to give the Pixel 4 this 2018 Apple iPhone feature
In a statement, Cooper on Sunday called Jones a longtime friend and "public servant who was true to his convictions and who will be missed". A spokesman, while not commenting directly on Jones' situation, wrote in an email this month that such an election could be held as early as the spring.