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Ex-Speaker Fox honored by Rhode Island House

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The Associated Press

News@abc6.com       PROVIDENCE, R.I. - 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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