First on 10: Fox says he'll return to General Assembly

Rep. Gordon Fox

State Rep. Gordon Fox told NBC 10 on Monday that he plans to return to the House of Representatives.

Fox, who wouldn't appear on camera, told NBC 10's Bill Rappleye that he may return as early as this week but wouldn't make any promises.

"I have my responsibility to my district but I didn't want to distract from the mixed transition," Fox told NBC 10 from his law practice in Providence.

The former Speaker wouldn't comment on his legal problems but said the situation has been "a kick in the gut."

Fox resigned as speaker of the House on March 22, a day after state and federal law enforcement raided his State House office and his East Side home. Last week, Fox put his Providence home up for sale.

Authorities have not said what they're investigating or what prompted the raids by the FBI, IRS, U.S. attorney's office and state police.

Investigators have also subpoenaed documents from Providence City Hall and the state Board of Elections.

Fox remains a member of the General Assembly but has not attended any legislative sessions since the raids and has said he will not seek re-election.

NBC 10 reported that Fox has missed at least 12 sessions and 49 votes. He makes just under $15,000 a year as a representative.