GOP Rep. Trent Franks Expected to Resign Amid Rumors of Inappropriate Behavior

Saul Bowman
December 8, 2017

Franks represents the 8th district of Arizona, which includes the northwest Valley. He first assumed office in 2003.

Eight-term Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona is expected to resign Thursday, multiple Republican sources told NBC News.

Asked for comment as he left the floor, Franks said, "I'll let the statement speak for itself". He said he expected to make a statement Thursday.


The future of his political career and the nature of his reported "inappropriate behavior" remain unclear. The Republican said the congressman had apparently been making plans to run for Senate in 2012, but abruptly canceled those plans.

Both Reps. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) spoke with Franks on Thursday night but refused to discuss the matter. But no revelations were aired in the aftermath of the decision, and Franks went on to assume the chairmanship of a House Judiciary subcommittee.

Franks drew a sharp response from Democrats during a 2013 House committee debate when he said "the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low". He served a term in the state House in the 1980s. The primary election is to be held no less than 80 and no more than 90 days after the vacancy occurs.

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