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Walter B Jones, a 24-year veteran of US Congress, has died on his 76th birthday.
The Republican congressman died in his Greenville, North Carolina, home Sunday, his office said in a statement, three weeks after he suffered a broken hip and underwent surgery.
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His health began deteriorating and on January 26 his family announced that he had entered hospice care and asked for their privacy.
Jones was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1995 and had been a member of the House Committee on Armed Services, instrumental in sponsoring legislation about veterans.
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'Congressman Jones was a man of the people,' his office said in a statement. '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.'
Jones had battled a multiple illnesses recently and was granted a leave of absence from Congress late last year after missing House votes since September.
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'He was known for his independence, and widely admired across the political spectrum,' his office said in a statement.
North Carolina Democratic Rep GK Butterfield, tweeted that Jones 'was my friend of over 40 years.'
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'I will miss his humility and unwavering love of his community,' Butterfield said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a release that Jones' 'relentless work on behalf of our men and women in uniform, veterans, military families and caregivers honored our American values and strengthened our country.'
Jones, who is survived by...
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