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Phone: 202-225-3415

Address: 2333 RHOB, DC 20515

Websites: jones.house.gov
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Phone: (252) 931-1003

Address: 1105-C Corporate Drive, Greenville NC 27858-4211

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Walter Jones Biography
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  • Elected: 1994, 10th term.
  • District: North Carolina 3
  • Born: Feb. 10, 1943, Farmville
  • Home: Farmville
  • Education:

    NC St. U., 1962-65, Atlantic Christian Col., B.A. 1966

  • Professional Career:

    Mgr., Walter B. Jones Office Supply Co., 1967–73; Salesman, Dunn Assoc., 1973–82; Pres., Benefit Reserves Inc., 1989–94; Pres., Judson Co., 1990–94.

  • Military Career:

    NC Natl. Guard, 1967-71.

  • Political Career:

    NC House of Reps., 1982–92.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Catholic

  • Family: Married (Joe Anne); 1 children

Republican Walter Jones, first elected in 1994, is one of his party’s leading iconoclasts. An evangelical Christian and devout social conservative, he has been the GOP’s most fervently antiwar House member. Read More

Republican Walter Jones, first elected in 1994, is one of his party’s leading iconoclasts. An evangelical Christian and devout social conservative, he has been the GOP’s most fervently antiwar House member.

Jones grew up in eastern North Carolina, attended North Carolina State and Atlantic Christian College, and served in the National Guard. His father, Walter Jones Sr., was a Democratic representative from the old 1st District. The senior Jones served for a quarter-century and chaired the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee. The younger Jones, then a Democrat, was elected in 1982 to the state House, where he often broke with party leaders.

In 1992, he ran in the new black-majority 1st District after his father retired. He led the primary with 38% but lost the runoff to Democrat Eva Clayton, an African-American who got 55% to Jones’ 45%. In April 1993, Jones switched to the Republican Party and announced he was running in the 3rd District. This pitted him against four-term Rep. Martin Lancaster, a Democrat who had worked earnestly on local projects. But Lancaster voted for President Bill Clinton’s budget and tax bills and his crime legislation, while failing to persuade Clinton to drop the cigarette tax from health care legislation. Jones ran an ad showing Lancaster jogging with Clinton, with the voiceover message: “How’d Martin Lancaster get so out of touch? Well, look who he’s running around with in Washington.” Jones won 53%-47%.

In the House, Jones’ voting record began consistently conservative and hawkish, but over the years has moderated. He had a remarkable conversion on the issue of the war in Iraq. Jones voted to authorize the use of force in Iraq in 2002, as did all but six House Republicans. He even led the 2003 effort, widely spoofed by late-night comics, to rename the House cafeteria’s French fries as “freedom fries” after France declined to support the invasion. Not long afterward, he was profoundly affected by a local Marine’s funeral, setting the stage for an unlikely conversion to passionate war critic.

In 2011, Jones was part of a group of House and Senate members led by liberal Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., to announce a plan to reap nearly $1 trillion in defense savings over 10 years to bring down the deficit. And Jones got the Pentagon to investigate substandard mental health treatment for soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan to Camp Lejeune. He drew headlines in March 2012 when, at an Armed Services hearing, he used an ethnic stereotype in questioning the need to borrow from China to finance the war: “The Chinese—Uncle Chang—is lending us the money to pay that we are spending in Afghanistan,” he said.

Earlier, Jones supported Democratic proposals for a timetable for withdrawing troops from Iraq, and he opposed President George W. Bush’s troop surge plan. But he drew the line at a Democratic plan to attach conditions to future war funding, saying that attempts to “starve” the war to bring it to a close were wrong. Jones also began writing letters to the families of every soldier killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. By February 2013, he had sent more than 10,800 letters, calling them his “mea culpa to my Lord” for voting for the war. He also began work on a book, My Daddy’s Not Dead Yet, whose title came from a little boy who feared his Marine father would be killed in Iraq.

His independence from his party cost him the top Republican post on the Readiness Subcommittee on Armed Services in 2007. After his punishment at the hands of GOP leaders, Democrats approached Jones about switching parties, but he declined, saying his opposition to abortion rights would make him ill at ease in the party. “I’m a Pat Buchanan American,” he told National Journal in 2009. “I want to stop trying to take care of the world and fix this country.” House Republican leaders were again exasperated with Jones in late 2012 and kicked him off the Financial Services Committee as they organized for the new Congress; GOP leadership aides said it wasn’t because of ideology but because he had not raised enough money for the party.

When his party assumed the House majority in 2011, Jones was the chamber’s most liberal Republican that year, according to National Journal’s rankings (he was third most liberal in 2012). He refused to support John Boehner for House speaker in January 2013, casting his vote for former Comptroller General David Walker, a deficit hawk. He was the only Republican to vote against a fiscal 2011 bill making billions of dollars in spending cuts. In December 2010, he was one of just three Republicans to support a Democratic bill extending the Bush-era tax cuts for low- and middle-income Americans but not for the wealthy.

After the Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision on campaign finance, Jones co-sponsored an Obama White House-backed bill aimed at restricting companies’ ability to air campaign ads. He later opposed the bill because of the exemptions granted to the National Rifle Association and other groups.

At home, Jones occasionally has generated controversy on local cultural matters. He called for the state school superintendent to remove from an elementary school a book about two gay princes who get married, and he complained in January 2013 about a federal grant to Craven Community College to acquire 25 books and a DVD series educating Americans about Muslim culture. He asked the college’s board to give equal exposure to books on Christianity. Jones, who posted the Ten Commandments in his Capitol Hill office, supported politically active churches with his proposal to permit them to endorse candidates without losing their tax-exempt status. The bill generated lots of Internet traffic, but the House defeated it, 178-239, in 2002.

His outspoken criticism of the Iraq war brought him a serious primary challenge in 2008 from Onslow County Commissioner Joe McLaughlin, a former Army Ranger officer. McLaughlin called Jones “a poster boy for the Left,” but Jones seemed to benefit from Iraq fatigue among voters, even among military families. McLaughlin was significantly outspent, and Jones won 59%-41%. He won easily in the fall and has not had a serious challenge since.

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Walter Jones Election Results
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2012 General
Walter Jones (R)
Votes: 195,571
Percent: 63.11%
Erik Anderson (D)
Votes: 114,314
Percent: 36.89%
2012 Primary
Walter Jones (R)
Votes: 42,644
Percent: 68.99%
Frank Palombo (R)
Votes: 19,166
Percent: 31.01%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (72%), 2008 (66%), 2006 (69%), 2004 (71%), 2002 (91%), 2000 (61%), 1998 (62%), 1996 (63%), 1994 (53%)
Walter Jones Votes and Bills
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Economic 51 (L) : 49 (C) 56 (L) : 44 (C) 56 (L) : 44 (C)
Social 47 (L) : 52 (C) 52 (L) : 47 (C) 54 (L) : 46 (C)
Foreign 56 (L) : 44 (C) 61 (L) : 39 (C) 64 (L) : 33 (C)
Composite 51.5 (L) : 48.5 (C) 56.5 (L) : 43.5 (C) 58.5 (L) : 41.5 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
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NTU5867
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ACLU-23
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ADA4045
AFSCME43-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote:
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote:
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote:
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
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