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Walter Beaman Jones, Jr. was born February 10, 1943, in Farmville, North Carolina. He was elected to Congress in 1994 and is a member of the House Committees on Armed Services and Financial Services. He attended Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia, and graduated in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts from Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) in Wilson, North Carolina before serving four years (1967–1971) in the North Carolina National Guard. Walter Jones was elected as a Democrat to the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1983 and served for five terms, until 1992.