DC Council Votes to Reprimand Graham

The D.C. Council voted to reprimand Councilmember Jim Graham for his role in a lottery contract scandal.

The 13-member council voted 11-2 on a resolution disapproving of Graham's conduct related to the contract, with Graham and Councilmember Marion Barry voting against the resolution.

Multiple investigations found that in 2008, Graham told a developer that he would support his bid for the lottery contract in exchange for the developer dropping out of a project around a Metro station. Graham served on the Metro board at the time. He disputes the findings.

A reprimand is the least serious action the council can take against a member. It must be approved by a simple majority and carries no punishment. Barry was censured in 2010, which is more serious.

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Graham told News4's Tom Sherwood that he will not fight the reprimand.

He said he has “serious business to attend to” as the Ward 1 council member and as chairman of the council’s human services committee.

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