Washington, D.C. – A new proposal to honor the late Congressman Walter B. Jones Jr. has come from his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The first piece of legislation introduced by newly elected Congressman Greg Murphy would rename a post office in Farmville after Jones, who was born and raised in the town.
H.R. 5037 was introduced Tuesday and, if approved, will designate the post office located at 3703 North Main St. the Walter B. Jones, Jr. Post Office.
“Dedicating my first piece of legislation in honor of Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr. is an appropriate way to honor my distinguished predecessor, friend and mentor,” Murphy said in a statement after introducing the legislation. “Congressman Jones was a dedicated steward of the citizens in Eastern North Carolina, particularly the men and women in our armed forces stationed at Camp Lejeune, Air Stations Cherry Point and New River, and Base Elizabeth City. I thank my colleagues in the North Carolina delegation for unanimously supporting this bill and I hope for its swift passage.”
Jones served in the North Carolina National Guard for four years and served the people of Eastern North Carolina in the House of Representatives for 24 years.
Murphy was elected in September to complete the remainder of Jones’ term in the House. Jones died in February just months into his 13th term in Congress.
Since his death there have also been other proposals before Congress to honor Jones.
Congresswoman Jackie Speier, of California, contributed two provisions to the House fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act that are related to honoring Jones.
The proposal to rename Lejeune High School after Jones sparked strong opposition among alumni and students of the high school, and a petition against the name change that was started on the White House website by LHS alum Ric Logg received thousands of signatures.
The opposition was not against honoring Jones but against changing the name of the school, which is aboard Camp Lejeune and carries the name of Lt. Gen. John A. Lejeune, the 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps, who is known as “The Greatest of all Leathernecks” with more than 40 years of service to the U.S. Marine Corps, according to a previous Daily News report.
While not confirmed by Speier’s office, Logg and posts on a number of school alumni social media sites have indicated the proposal to rename the school was removed from the defense bill.
The second proposal involves an effort to get a highway in North Carolina renamed for Jones, who was a leader on Armed Services issues.
Tracy Manzer, a spokeswoman for Congresswoman Speier, said recently that the defense bill has not yet been finalized and no additional information was provided after The Daily News made requests for information on the status of the provisions.
Reporter Jannette Pippin can be reached at 910-382-2557 or Jannette.Pippin@JDNews.com.