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Former Del. Franklin P. Hall dies

(AP) Former House of Delegates Minority Leader Franklin P. Hall has died.

The Democrat died Monday at age 76 after a battle with cancer.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe  praised Mr. Hall as a public servant and as a friend and campaign supporter.

“As a delegate, a businessman and a member of his community, Frank always put what is best for Virginia families first. He was a key leader in state budget decisions, and a strong advocate for the restoration of civil rights,” McAuliffe said.

House Speaker William J. Howell issued a statement Tuesday praising Mr. Hall as easy going and friendly.

Mr. Hall, a family law attorney and banker, served as House minority leader from 2001 to 2007. He retired in 2009 to take a spot on the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.

Mr. Hall graduated with a business degree from Lynchburg College and then simultaneously earned a law degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from American University, which later honored him with its Dean Award for distinguished service.

Mr. Hall got his start in government running errands for then-U.S. Senate Majority Leader Hubert Humphrey, and continued to work for Humphrey after the Minnesota Democrat became vice president.

He settled in Richmond in 1969 and was elected to the House six years later.

Mr. Hall and his wife, Phoebe, were law partners in the family law firm Hall & Hall, established in 1969 in downtown Richmond and now with two locations in the Richmond area.

Mr. Hall is survived by his wife, a son and daughter and three grandchildren.

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