Arizona Rep. Trent Franks expected to announce resignation

Arizona Rep. Trent Franks expected to announce resignation

Republican Rep. Trent Franks is expected to resign, Roll Call reported on Thursday based on a source with knowledge of the Arizona congressman's plans. Biggs said he would not comment until Franks announced his plans.

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

It was not immediately clear why Franks was resigning.

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

"There's been rumors swirling around him for years, at least in 2012", a Republican said.

Franks is a conservative Republican and serves on the House Armed Services and Judiciary committees.

Franks is a Congressman for Arizona's District 8.

Franks was first elected in 2002 and considered a 2012 Senate bid before deciding against it.

The future of his political career and the nature of his reported "inappropriate behavior" remain unclear. He is now serving his eighth term in the United States Congress.

According to Arizona state law, the governor will have to call a special election to fill the seat as Franks' resignation would come more than 6 months before the next general election.

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