Jones remembered by legislative body where he once served

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina legislators are recalling the late U.S. Rep. Walter Jones for what they call his commitment to his eastern North Carolina district and to integrity.

Jones was the subject of a resolution approved on Tuesday by the General Assembly, where he served for 10 years in the state House as a Democrat. He later switched to the Republicans and was elected to Congress in 1994, where he represented the 3rd District until his death last month at age 76.

Some senators who served with Jones in the state House recalled Jones during the resolution's debate as a man of compassion who took policy stands on principle and wasn't afraid to challenge chamber leadership.

Jones' widow and daughter watched from the gallery as lawmakers lauded him.