Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Arizona Rep. Trent Franks is resigning from Congress

Arizona Rep. Trent Franks is resigning from Congress

Franks told Roll Call that he would make a statement on Thursday evening, that will "explain" things.

His Arizona district went big for President Trump in the presidential election, and he was considered a reliable supporter of the president's agenda.

On Tuesday, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., resigned effective immediately.

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Trent Franks, the dean of Arizona's House Republicans, is reportedly stepping down amid claims of inappropriate behavior.

According to Arizona state law, the governor will have to call a special election to fill the seat as Franks' resignation would come more than 6 months before the next general election.

Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) will likely resign, according to a source, amid unspecified rumors swirling around him since 2012. He's also a member of the conservative Republican Study Committee.

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Politico's Jake Sherman reported on Thursday that Franks was the subject of attention on the House floor.

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".

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Trent is now serving his eight term in Congress - he was first elected in 2002.

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