WASHINGTON–A long-time supporter of credit unions in Congress, Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), has died. Jones, who died over the weekend on his 76thbirthday, had been in hospice since breaking his hip on Jan. 14.
"Congressman Jones was a man of the people. With a kind heart and the courage of his convictions, he dedicated his life to serving his Savior and to standing up for Americans who needed a voice," the congressman’s office said in a statement. "He was a champion for our men and women in uniform and their families, always mindful of their service and sacrifice."
Due to his strong support Jones had at times been referred to as “Credit Union Jones.” CUNA CEO Jim Nussle served in the House of Representatives with Jones from 1995-2007.
“Walter Jones was a dear friend of the credit union movement who recognized the vital role credit unions play in small business and individual member support,” said Nussle. “His passing will be felt across his community and throughout our movement. Serving alongside Walter in the House was an honor, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family on this incredibly difficult day.”