Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Eight-Term GOP Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona Expected to Resign

Rep. Trent Franks R-Ariz. speaks with a reporter on Capitol Hill in Washington. Franks is calling on special counsel Robert Mueller to resign citing what he says is a conflict of interest because of Mueller’s Eight-Term GOP Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona Expected to Resign
Melinda Barton | 08 December, 2017, 01:30

Arizona Republican Representative Trent Franks is expected to resign from Congress, according to multiple sources including AP, CNN and Roll Call.

The Associated Press also reported Thursday afternoon that Franks will resign; Politico did as well, sourcing it to a Republican operative.

Franks is a congressman from Arizona's 8th district. "The statement will explain".

Franks drew national ire in 2013 when he said, "Incidents of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low" - a remark he later said was taken out of context.

It is unclear exactly why Franks is stepping down, but one Arizona Republican said there had been rumors of inappropriate behavior. He's a staunch social conservative who sponsored House-passed legislation to make it a crime for any person to perform an abortion if the age of the fetus is 20 weeks or more. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee and Judiciary Committee. On Thursday evening, a group of conservative House Republicans gathered around Franks on the floor and prayed with him.

Franks was first elected in 2002 and considered a 2012 Senate bid before deciding against it. The primary election is to be held no less than 80 and no more than 90 days after the vacancy occurs.