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.