2014-03-23T014632Z_3_CBREA2L05ZH00_RTROPTP_2_USA-GAYMARRIAGE-RHODEISLAND

Rhode Island House speaker resigns amid probe

Speaker Gordon Fox holds up the Marriage Equality Act at the State House in ProvidenceThe Democratic speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives resigned his leadership position on Saturday, a day after law enforcement officials searched his office and home in an investigation. Gordon Fox said in a statement that he is giving up the speakership he has held since 2010 and that he would serve out his term as a representative in the House but would not run for re-election this fall. “The process of governing must continue and the transition of leadership must be conducted in an orderly manner.” The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Rhode Island confirmed on Friday that two search warrants were executed in a joint investigation with the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service and state police.

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