Walter B. Jones, Jr.
Walter Beaman Jones, Jr. ( born February 10, 1943 in Farmville, Pitt County, North Carolina) is an American politician. Since 1995 he represents the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Walter Jones is the son of the Congressman Walter Jones (1913-1992), representing the first constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives 1966-1992. The younger Jones attended Hargrave Military Academy until 1961 in Chatham (Virginia) and then studied until 1966 at the Atlantic Christian College, now Barton College in Wilson. Between 1967 and 1971, Jones was a member of the National Guard of North Carolina.
Like his father, he joined the Democratic Party. But in 1994 he switched to the Republicans. Between 1983 and 1992 he was a deputy in the House of Representatives as a Democrat from North Carolina. In the congressional elections of 1994, Jones was a Republican in the third district of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Martin Lancaster on January 3, 1995. After it has been confirmed in all subsequent elections in his office, he can exercise his mandate in Congress today. His current term of office runs until January 3, 2013. In the 2010 elections, he was confirmed by 72 % of the vote. This result was in the national trend in favor of the Republican Party.
Jones is a member of the Armed Services Committee and the Finance Committee and in four sub-committees. He is regarded as rather conservative and in 2002 was a supporter of the Iraq war. Later he changed his mind on this issue and criticized President George W. Bush, whom he accused of wrong information policy towards the Congress. In 2007 he was one of only two Republican representatives who approved a resolution on the withdrawal of troops from Iraq on September 1, 2008.
Walter Jones is married to Joe Anne Jones and private lives in Farmville, a suburb of Greenville.