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

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

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

The lawmaker has not yet confirmed or denied the resignation rumors, but Franks is expected to make a statement later on Thursday.

Franks represents Arizona's 8th district and first entered Congress in 2002.

If Franks steps down, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey would call a special election to fill the seat.

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) is expected to resign from Congress, multiple outlets reported Thursday, citing unnamed sources. The Republican said the congressman had apparently been making plans to run for Senate in 2012, but abruptly canceled those plans.

Franks told Roll Call that a statement would be forthcoming.

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Franks was seen huddling with fellow Republicans on the floor of the House Thursday, in what appeared to be a prayer circle.

Franks is also a member of the House Freedom Caucus, a hard-right faction that has often clashed with Republican leaders.

One Arizona Republican reportedly said not many people would be "surprised" if he resigned.

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".

The governor is required to establish the date of the primary election within 72 hours of the seat being officially vacated.

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