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

A MARCH 24 2017 FILE

It's not yet clear why Franks is leaving Congress, but rumors of inappropriate behavior on his part are swirling in Washington.

Franks told reporters he would release a statement explaining his decision to step down.

The congressman did not confirm or deny any plans to resign.

He's a staunch social conservative who sponsored House-passed legislation to make it a crime for any person to perform an abortion if the age of the fetus is 20 weeks or more.

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


Both Reps. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) spoke with Franks on Thursday night but refused to discuss the matter.

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

"I'll let the statement speak for itself", he said off the House floor.

Franks was first elected to Congress in 2002 and was reelected in 2016 by a 37-point margin. Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the race Solid Republican.

According to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey's office, "According to Arizona state law, the governor will have to call a special election to fill the seat because Franks' resignation comes more than six months before the next general election".

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