Capitol Hill colleagues pray for Rep. Walter Jones' recovery, return

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- A North Carolina representative is unlikely to ever return to his seat in Congress.

We learned this weekend that Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) is receiving specialty care designed for those with only weeks or months to live. Serving North Carolina for the past 25 years on Capitol Hill, Jones earned a reputation as a conservative steered by principle rather than party.

Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) – Jones’ congressional neighbor– tells us he visited Jones at his home this weekend. The democrat said they did not discuss whether Jones should step aside to allow someone else to fill his seat.

Butterfield said it’s clear his friend is receiving good care and the conversation stayed positive. “I am hoping and praying that Congressman Jones will be able to return to Congress,” he said, “I am an optimist, and so I’m praying for a good outcome and praying that he will return.”

Jones recently underwent surgery for a broken hip and has been battling health issues for some time. He missed all 85 House votes in November and December of last year, and every vote this year.

If Jones does not recover from his unspecified illness and passes away, the constitution would require a special election to fill the seat.

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