Jim Graham reprimanded by D.C. Council

Jim Graham was reprimanded Monday. (Photo courtesy Jim Graham)

The D.C. Council voted Monday to reprimand Councilman Jim Graham over the D.C. lottery contract and the development of land owned by WMATA.

It was clear as members arrived, Graham had little support.

Councilman David Grosso said, "I've gotten 50 or so emails that say they really support the reprimand."

"I'll be voting for that resolution yes," Councilwoman Mary Cheh added.

The council voted 11-2, with Graham and Councilman Marion Barry voting no.

After the reprimand, Graham said he disagreed with the vote but respects the process.

Multiple investigations have 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.

After the vote, Graham said, "I'm relieved. I'm relieved that it's over, and I can get on with the business of Ward One and the city."

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.

The council also voted to take away Graham's oversight authority over the city's alcohol regulation agency. The chairman gave that duty to Councilman Vincent Orange.

Graham remains on council but with less power.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.