Former Virginia House Minority Leader Franklin P. Hall dies

RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WAVY) — Former Virginia House of Delegates Minority Leader Franklin P. Hall has died.

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

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

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.

Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement:

“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.”

The governor also issued a flag order:

This is to order that the flag of the Commonwealth of Virginia is to be flown at half-staff on all local, state, and federal buildings and grounds in the Commonwealth of Virginia in respect and memory of former Delegate Franklin Perkins Hall. I hereby order that the flag shall be lowered at sunrise on Saturday, May 30, 2015, and remain at half-staff until sunset. Ordered on this, the 27th day of May, 2015.

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