Paul states in I Timothy 2:1, 2, "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty." We desire to fulfill this command by inviting elected officials to a Patriot Prayer Meeting to share their burden with us, and for us to pray for them. Please join us as we pray for our elected officials. This meeting, we welcome Congressman Walter Jones. Please read about him below.
Walter Jones was first sworn in to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1995, after serving 10 years as an elected member of the North Carolina General Assembly. Jones strongly believes in the strength of faith and family and has worked to represent the citizens of Eastern North Carolina with both honor and integrity.
Since entering office, Congressman Jones has been a strong voice in fighting for an effective, commonsense government that returns power and control back to the people. His dedication and commitment to providing tax relief for American families, retirement security for our nation's seniors, a strong national defense and a quality education for every child has earned him respect among his colleagues on both sides of the political aisle. Congressman Jones has been a leader in fighting the U.S. trade deficit and leveling the trade playing field for American workers. When it comes to values issues, Jones has always been very outspoken on his pro-life views and in his fight to protect the free speech of military chaplains and all clergy.
Currently serving his 10th term in Congress, Congressman Jones is a member of the House Committee on Armed Services.
As a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, he has concentrated on safeguarding the well being of our nation's veterans and our men and women on active duty. Congressman Jones has introduced legislation every year since 2001 to change the name of the Department of the Navy to the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps. He strongly believes that our nation's Marines deserve proper recognition for their sacrifice. He had language signed into law in the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act concerning treatment for returning troops suffering from PTSD and TBI. His concern for Vietnam-era veterans led him to introduce the War Crimes Act of 1996, which allows prisoners of war the opportunity to bring their persecutors to justice in U.S. courts. While only three percent of all bills introduced in the 104th Congress ever became law, the President signed Jones' War Crimes Act into law on August 21, 1996.
Jones is also committed to preserving and protecting North Carolina's unique history and culture. In 1998, he passed legislation to protect the Shackleford Banks wild horses of Cape Lookout National Seashore.