RI House honors ex-Speaker Fox

House Speaker Gordon Fox speaks to reporters in March. (WPRI 12 photo)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Ex-Speaker Gordon Fox wasn’t there to hear it, but the House of Representatives passed a resolution to honor his 22 years of service.

It says the Providence Democrat served Rhode Island with “distinction and diligence” and made the state “a far better place to live and flourish.”

It says he brought “wisdom, legal erudition and a tremendous work ethic” and was instrumental in passing legislation, including gay marriage.

Fox resigned his leadership post in March following raids of his Statehouse office and home as part of a criminal investigation. Neither he nor authorities have commented on the probe’s substance.

Fox wasn’t present in the session’s final days and isn’t seeking re-election.

The legislature recognized other departing members, including Pawtucket Rep. Elaine Coderre, the longest-serving House member.

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