Congress advances naming post office for late NC Rep. Jones in Farmville

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FILE – In this Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, file photo, U.S. Rep. Walter Jones Jr., R-N.C. poses for a portrait in his office on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Jones, a once-fervent supporter of the 2003 invasion of Iraq who later became an equally outspoken Republican critic of the war, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, his […]

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Republican eastern North Carolina congressman who died last year could soon be remembered with a local post office named in his memory.

Members of the state’s congressional delegation have filed legislation designating the “Walter B. Jones Jr. Post Office” in the Pitt County town of Farmville, where Jones lived until his death at age 76.

North Carolina Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis introduced a measure on Monday — the one-year anniversary of his death — to rename the North Main Street locale for Jones.

A similar House resolution sponsored by Jones’ successor Rep. Greg Murphy and other North Carolina members was approved unanimously last week by the chamber.

Jones is a former state legislator who served in Congress from 1995 until he died in office.

Either Jones or his father, Walter Jones Sr., represented eastern North Carolina in Congress for five decades. The elder Jones represented the region from 1966 until his death in 1992.

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