NC Rep. Walter Jones’- illness looms lack of transparency and attendance for 2018 term
Public photo via Walter Jones FB
The AP reported Dec. 17, 2018
“North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones will miss the remainder of the current congressional term because of illness.
The Herald-Sun of Durham reports the 75-year-old 3rd District Republican hasn’t cast a roll call vote since Sept. 26. Jones has missed the last 27 roll call votes in the U.S. House of Representatives, including some in late September and since the House re-convened in November.
Last Tuesday, he was granted a leave of absence for the rest of 2018. His office said Jones plans to return to Washington on Jan. 3, the first day of the new Congress, but offered no specifics on Jones’ illness. No one from his office responded for a request for additional comment Monday.
Jones’ district includes Kinston, Greenville, New Bern and the northern half of the coast.”
The House voted to approve the 2018 farm bill on Dec. 12, though many of the votes Jones has missed have been ceremonial, such as renaming a wildlife refuge and adding to the National Register of Historic Places.
Congress faces a potential government shutdown Friday over funding for a border wall, and Republicans lose control of House next year.
Jones missed 7.7 percent of House votes in 2017, ranking 48th in missed votes among the 435 members, according to GovTrack, a website that tracks federal legislation.
Conservative voters are stating feelings of deception behind this, assuming whatever the illness is, it was known and Jones still entered the race as incumbent and unopposed for another set term which he is unable to serve at this time.
It is injustice that Walter hasn’t been to work since September 27 and his constituents have been left in the dark about his absence. It shows a lack of transparency and respect for the people of Eastern NC.
Walter Jones should step down and let the 3rd districts executive committee consider his replacement with someone who is physically charged and qualified for the challenge. -S.O.
Jones ran unopposed in November after a win for his 12th term, in a three-way Republican primary in May. Republican challenger, Scott Dacey made an issue out of Jones’ recent years absences during the primary.
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.
Congressman Jones drives home to Farmville every weekend to his wife Joe Anne and his dog, Darby. They have one daughter, Ashley.
He announced during the primary that, if elected, it would be his final term in office.
Jones’ father was a lifetime politician and died while still in office. Jones’ father — Walter B. Jones, Sr. —held a seat in the U.S. House from 1966 to 1992.
Term limits are still a conversation piece across the nation with examples as such as reasonable consideration.
If you would like to contact this congressional leader at any of his offices with concerns or complaints, contact information is below. Jones will not be returning until January 3rd.
Washington, DC Office
2333 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Greenville NC Office
1105-C Corporate Drive
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-931-1003 Toll-free (in N.C. only) 800-351-1697
Havelock NC Office
1 Governmental Avenue
Havelock, NC 28532
Jacksonville NC Office
234 Northwest Corridor Blvd. Room 313B
Jacksonville, NC 28540