Former lawmaker Franklin P. Hall dies

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RICHMOND, Va. – Longtime Virginia lawmaker Franklin P. Hall passed away on Tuesday. He was 76. Hall served as a delegate for the 69th House District in the Virginia General Assembly from 1976 to 2009. He was also the House Minority Leader from 2001 to 2007.

Hall, a democrat, also worked in banking and as an attorney.

Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement about Hall’s passing:

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of a Virginia leader and public servant who meant as much to this Commonwealth as Frank Hall did. Frank was a friend and a key supporter of my campaign for governor whose fellowship and advice I will always cherish. 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. Dorothy’s and my prayers are with the Hall family and the entire community of people whose lives he touched.”

Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones issued this statement:

"Frank Hall was a good friend and a good man. Over the years, we worked together closely in the House of Delegates and on numerous projects to move the city forward. He's been involved in everything over the years, from public schools, to health care and mental health, to housing, to higher education, and much more. Frank was a tireless advocate for Richmond, and our community is better off for his lifetime of service. I'll miss him."

Congressman Bobby Scott also commented on Hall’s death:

“I was saddened to learn of the passing of Frank Hall.  I always valued his guidance and counsel both during my service in the General Assembly and in Congress.  He was the consummate public servant who dedicated his life and career in service to his fellow Virginians.  My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Phoebe, his children and grandchildren, and his countless friends and supporters.”

According to Hall’s profile page for his law firm Hall & Hall, PLC, he most recently served on Virginia Commonwealth University’s Board of Visitors. He was also a former president of the Richmond Jaycees, the Virginia Metro Jaycees, and the Richmond Area Young Democrats.

Hall is survived by his wife Phoebe, two children, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren.