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GOP Rep. Franks Expected To Resign, Says Statement To Come

GOP Rep. Franks Expected To Resign, Says Statement To Come

Eight-term Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona is expected to resign Thursday, multiple Republican sources told NBC News. Franks told Roll Call that he would make a statement on Thursday evening, that will "explain" things. Roll Call first reported that Franks was expected to resign.

"There's been rumors swirling around him for years, at least in 2012", a Republican official told the outlet.

"Half of all black children are aborted", Franks infamously said in 2010.

Franks has been a member of the far-right House Freedom Caucus.




Representing a solidly-Republican swath of Arizona, north of Phoenix, Franks built a reputation as a hard-line conservative since joining Congress in 2003. Biggs said he would not comment until Franks announced his plans.

Frank's northwest Phoenix suburb is reliably Republican, having gone to Trump and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, both of whom won the district by more than 20 percentage points, and Franks easily won re-election previous year. He made his fortune in the oil business and also founded a socially conservative think tank.

Franks is a congressman from Arizona's 8th district. Franks won an eighth term last fall by 37 points. 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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