Thomas Steps Down From Economic Development Committee

Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011  |  Updated 8:07 PM EDT
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D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr.

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At the urging of many of his fellow D.C. Council members, Harry Thomas Jr. is stepping down as chairman of the Committee on Economic Development.

On Monday, D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan filed a civil lawsuit accusing Thomas of converting about $300,000 in government funds to personal use.

Council Chairman Kwame Brown accepted Thomas’s request to step down as the powerful committee’s chairman Wednesday.

“I plan to transfer all economic development matters to the Committee of the Whole temporarily until after the Council’s recess,” Brown said. “I will make further suggested changes at that time. Going forward, I want to ensure that the economic development agenda moves forward in an efficient and expeditious manner.”

The council held about an hour-long private meeting about Thomas Tuesday but declined to discuss it.

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