Fox still a no show in the House

Rep. Gordon Fox

Once again, the House of Representatives seat belonging to Gordon Fox went unfilled.

The former speaker was not present at Tuesday's session of the House, more than a month after federal agents and state police raided his State House office and his Providence home. Fox resigned as speaker of the House, but he remains a lawmaker.

The nature of the investigation surrounding Fox is still not clear. He has not been charged with a crime.

An emotional Fox told NBC 10 Political Reporter Bill Rappleye on Monday that he hoped to return to the House soon.

Fox, a Democrat who represents District 4 in Providence, said that he has chosen not to be in the chamber because he did not want to distract from the transition that took place after he resigned from the speakership. Fox said the investigation made him feel like he was "kicked in the gut," but he said he feels he has a responsibility to his district{} and that he intends to attend and vote throughout the rest of this session.

"I think everyone who is elected to elected office should fulfill their obligations to their constituency," Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said. "I'm sure there would be some element of distraction, which is unfortunate, but that's the circumstances that we're dealing with."

"If he wants to come in and fulfill his obligations to his constituents, we have a seat on the floor for him. He's obviously under trying circumstances himself and I leave him to his decisions," Mattiello said.

A state representative makes about $15,000 per year and is entitled to medical benefits.