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Updated: Feds subpoena Hamilton records from House

Anita Kumar

A federal grand jury served the House of Delegates with a subpoena for documents in the ongoing conflict-of-interest investigation of Phil Hamilton, the powerful Newport News lawmaker who resigned Sunday.

House Clerk Bruce Jamerson said today that he received a subpoena for Hamilton's economic interest forms, travel vouchers and documents relating to the Old Dominion University teaching center where Hamilton secured a job.

The subpoena was hand-delivered Sept. 22. Documents were to be made available by Oct. 21 -- the next meeting date of the federal grand jury, according to Jamerson.

Hamilton, who was a budget negotiator and vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, is under investigation for negotiating a job offer with ODU before securing state money for the school.

The grand jury also served the Newport News school system and ODU with subpoenas and search warrants.

Hamilton lost his bid for re-election this month to Democrat Robin Abbott after 21 years in the House.

State officials say the House's internal inquiry into Hamilton's actions will end with his resignation, but the Virginian Pilot reported today that some question whether Virginia ethics laws should be revamped.

Updated: Here's a copy of the statement Hamilton issued this week:

It was an honor and a privilege to represent the people of the 93rd District for the past 21 years. As their Delegate, I worked hard to improve the quality of life for them and for all citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
At the request of my family, the time has come for me to explore new opportunities in my life.
I will always cherish the opportunity to serve the people of Newport News, James City County, and the entire Commonwealth as an elected representative in the Virgionia House of Delegates. I will always remain in their debt.

By Anita Kumar  |  November 18, 2009; 1:25 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates  
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