GOP Rep. Trent Franks is resigning

Katrina Barker
December 8, 2017

Trent Franks was expected to resign Thursday evening, a Republican aide confirmed to USA TODAY.

He left the House floor Thursday after being consoled by several other Republicans, including Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, Alabama's Robert Aderholt and fellow Arizonan Andy Biggs.

Roll Call is reporting that Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) will step down from his seat in the near future.

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

The Republicans spoke on condition of anonymity to describe a decision they'd been told privately. He said he'd depart in a few weeks.

"Half of all black children are aborted", Franks infamously said in 2010. It did not elaborate why Franks has chosen to resign. Three years later, Franks pushed bills that would limit access to abortion, even in cases of rape or incest, saying "the incidents of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low".

Franks represents the 8th district of Arizona, which includes the northwest Valley.

There is no word on who could replace Franks at this time.

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

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