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Rep. Walter Jones, a man of conviction in his conversions

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First elected to Congress in 1994, Rep. Walter Jones came to Washington from North Carolina as a typical foot soldier in the “Republican revolution.” Though he compiled a mostly conservative voting record over the next quarter-century, that’s not how he will be remembered following his death on Feb. 10 at age 76.

Jones opposed President Trump’s signature tax cut, arguing it would balloon the national debt, and one of his party’s plans to partially repeal and replace Obamacare. He joined Democrats in calling for an independent commission to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. He twice voted against John Boehner, then the House Republican leader, for speaker. He voted for advancing articles of impeachment against then-Vice President Dick Cheney. Party leaders tossed him from the House Financial Services Committee after the 2012 elections.

“I’m not going to sacrifice my integrity for anyone or any party,” Jones told reporters on Capitol Hill after losing the plum committee assignment. “It’s the price you pay. I didn’t come up here to be a puppet for anyone.” Some Republicans viewed Jones’ independent streak........

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