The iconoclastic North Carolina Republican had been in hospice care.
Although Jones started out his career on Capitol Hill in 1994, he took increasingly heterodox stances in the aftermath of the Iraq War. An initial supporter of the conflict, Jones led the effort to rename french fries as “freedom fries” in Capitol Hill after France refused to join the U.S. led coalition in the conflict. However, he eventually became a vocal opponent of it and became a consistent gadfly to Republican leadership of a number of issues.
The son of a longtime Democratic congressman, Jones was first elected to serve his coastal North Carolina district in 1994.
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