Walter Beaman Jones

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Walter Beaman Jones is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing North Carolina's 3rd congressional district since 1993.


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Iraq War

Jones voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

Rep. Jones was one of only two Republicans in the House to vote for the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health, and Iraq Accountability Act, 2007 (H.R.1591), the Iraq supplemental spending bill, which included a timetable for troop withdrawal from Iraq. The measure passed both the House and Senate, but was vetoed by the President.

Main article: U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health, and Iraq Accountability Act, 2007 (H.R.1591)

Following the veto, when the House considered a short-term Iraq funding bill without timetables, Jones again was one of only two Republicans to vote in favor on of the measure. It passed the House on May 10 by a vote of 221-205. It was later passed by the Senate and signed by the President.

Main article: U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007 (H.R.2206)
For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

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On January 31, 2006, Jones and Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) introduced House Resolution 647, which was referred to the Committee on Rules where no action was taken. The resolution would require the Clerk of the House to post on the Internet for public review all travel disclosure reports submitted by Members, officers, and employees of the House.

Walter 'freedom fries' Jones

Walter B. Jones was the member of Congress who in March 2003 moved to rename the french fries in the Congressional cafeteria "freedom fries." French toast was also renamed "freedom toast." This was, according to the Congressman's website, to "publicly declare our support for our nation's troops and our sincere disappointment in our old friends, the French."



Born February 10, 1943 as Walter Beaman Jones, Jr. in Farmville, North Carolina (he has since dropped the "Jr." from his name), his father was Walter Beaman Jones, Sr., a Democratic Party Representative from the neighboring 1st Congressional district of North Carolina. Jones, Jr. attended Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia and graduated in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts from Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) in Wilson, North Carolina before serving four years (1967–1971) in the North Carolina National Guard.

Jones is a convert to Catholicism. [1]

An executive with his family's lighting company, Jones was elected as a Democrat to the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1983 and served for five terms, until 1992. He unsuccessfully sought the Democratic Congressional nomination for his father's seat in 1992.

He switched parties and won in the 3rd district in the 1994 Republican takeover of Congress, defeating incumbent Democrat H. Martin Lancaster. Jones has been reelected every two years since. He has never faced a serious or well-funded opponent.

Congressional Career

Unlike his father, who was a fairly moderate Democrat, Jones is perceived as one of the most conservative members of the House. He is best known for having French fries referred to as "freedom fries" in House cafeteria menus as a protest against French opposition to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

More recently, however, Jones called on President George W. Bush to apologize for misinforming Congress to win authorization for the war. Jones said, "If I had known then what I know today, I wouldn't have voted for that resolution." [2] He contends that the United States went to war "with no justification". [3], [4] On the subject, he said, "I just feel that the reason of going in for weapons of mass destruction, the ability of the Iraqis to make a nuclear weapon, that's all been proven that it was never there." He added that his change of opinion came about from attending the funeral of a sergeant killed in Iraq, when his last letter to his family was being read out. On June 16, 2005, he joined with three other Congressmembers (Neil Abercrombie, Dennis Kucinich, and Ron Paul) in introducing a resolution calling for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq to begin by October 2006. [5]

On March 17, 2005, he sponsored a bill endorsing the conduct of controversial USMC Lieutenant Ilario Pantano, who faces charges for having shot two Iraqis (allegedly unarmed civilians) on April 15, 2004.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated Craig Peter Weber to face Jones in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [6]

Money in politics

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Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Democracy Engine$ 21,415
JStreetPAC$ 13,000
Captive-Aire Inc$ 10,400
Air Line Pilots Assn$ 10,000
American Crystal Sugar$ 10,000
Northrop Grumman$ 10,000
Lockheed Martin$ 8,000
National Rural Electric Cooperative Assn$ 8,000
National Auto Dealers Assn$ 7,500
National Beer Wholesalers Assn$ 7,500
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Walter Beaman Jones
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Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

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Wikipedia also has an article on Walter Beaman Jones. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 2333 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-3415 Fax: 202-225-3286
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  • 1105-C Corporate Drive, Greenville, NC 27858-4211
    Ph: 252-931-1003 Fax: (none entered)
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