Walter Jones Jr.
Walter Jones was first sworn in to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1995, following ten years of service as an elected member of the North Carolina General Assembly. Jones strongly believes in the strength of faith and family, and has worked to represent the citizens of Eastern North Carolina with honor and integrity.
Since taking office, Congressman Jones has fought for an effective, commonsense government that returns power and control to the people. He has committed himself to providing tax relief for American families, retirement security for our nation's seniors, a strong national defense, and a quality education for every child. This dedication and effort has earned him the respect of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle. Congressman Jones has also been a leader in fighting the U.S. trade deficit and leveling the playing field for American workers, as well as curbing special interests in the election process. He has always been very outspoken on his pro-life views, and has fought to protect the free speech of military chaplains as well as all members of the clergy.
Currently serving his 12th term in Congress, Congressman Jones is a member of the House Committee on Armed Services. As a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, he has concentrated on safeguarding the well-being of our nation's veterans and active service members. Congressman Jones has sponsored and co-sponsored more veterans’ legislation in the last three Congressional terms than any other sitting member of Congress. He has received numerous awards from the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), and many other Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs).
Congressman Jones recently saw the conclusion of a 14 year journey to clear the names of two Marine pilots who died in a V-22 Osprey crash. The pilots were incorrectly blamed for the crash by the Marine Corps. For 14 years, Jones petitioned the Department of Defense to correct the record and clear the names of the pilots. This past year, the Department of Defense issued a statement that clarifies the causes of the crash.
As a member of the Military Personnel Subcommittee in 2010, Congressman Jones was behind the incorporation of language into the National Defense Authorization Act concerning treatment for returning troops suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). He continues to monitor facilities and treatment advances for service members recovering from TBIs.
While only three percent of all bills introduced in the 104th Congress ever became law, President Clinton signed Jones's War Crimes Act into law on August 21, 1996. Each year since 2001, Congressman Jones has introduced legislation to change the name of the Department of the Navy to the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps. He strongly believes that our nation's Marines deserve proper recognition for their sacrifice.
Jones is also committed to preserving and protecting North Carolina's unique history and culture. In 1998, he passed legislation to protect the wild horses on Shackleford Banks of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Since then, he has worked with numerous North Carolina legislators continuing to preserve the state’s wild horses.
In 2010, Congressman Jones was named #17 out of 535 on The Hill Newspaper's 25 Hardest Working Lawmakers list. In 2004, a survey of top Capitol Hill staff conducted by Washingtonian Magazine ranked Congressman Jones #1 out of the 435 U.S. House members in the "Just Plain Nice" category.
Congressman Jones drives home to Farmville every weekend to his wife Joe Anne and his dog, Darby. They have one daughter, Ashley.