Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona is expected to resign


Rep. Trent Franks, an Arizona Republican who is among the most conservative members of the House, is expected to resign his seat as soon as Thursday, according to a GOP member and an aide familiar with his plans.

Franks told Roll Call that he will be making an announcement later in the day, but did not elaborate.

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

The exact reason for Franks's resignation is unknown, but the Congressman indicated he would later release a statement explaining his decision. Mark Walker, N.C., the chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee. He said he'd depart in a few weeks.

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Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz) (left) during a hearing on the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act at Rayburn House Office Building in Washington on May 23, 2013. He also faced accusations from women of improper sexual behavior that he's contesting. He sought to clarify the comment, saying later-term abortions linked to pregnancies caused by rape are infrequent.

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

Franks sits on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Armed Services committee.

Before winning election to Congress, he served in the Arizona legislature and founded the Arizona Family Research Institute, an organization associated with Dr. James Dobson's "Focus on the Family".