Ethics probe clears Grijalva for $48k settlement with staffer

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva speaking with attendees at a Trump Tax Town Hall in Phoenix in February 2018. Photo by Gage Skidmore | Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee cleared Tucson Democrat Rep. Raúl Grijalva of wrongdoing for paying $48,000 in a settlement to a former staffer in 2015.

The settlement was made after the staffer threatened a lawsuit for a hostile work environment due, in part, to Grijalva allegedly being frequently drunk. The settlement amounted to five months of pay.

Earlier this week, the committee sent Grijalva a letter informing him that the complaint against him was being dismissed.

“The committee reviewed the (Office of Congressional Ethics) referral. As a result of its review, the Committee unanimously voted to dismiss the allegation referred by OCE, consistent with OCE’s recommendation,” the letter read.

Grijalva is set to chair the House Natural Resources Committee when Congress reconvenes next year.

Jim Small
Jim Small is a native Arizonan and has covered state government, policy and politics since 2004, with a focus on investigative and in-depth policy reporting, first as a reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times, then as editor of the paper and its prestigious sister publications, the Yellow Sheet Report and Arizona Legislative Report. Under his guidance, the Capitol Times won numerous state, regional and national awards for its accountability journalism and probing investigations into state government operations.


  1. So, does Raul have an alcohol problem? If so, he should be transparent about that if it is affecting his organization. We are his constituents and we deserve to know that such issues are being addressed or if they are false accusations.


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