Both Roll Call and Politico are reporting Thursday night, Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks is expected to resign. But his departure was abrupt, and one of the consultants said the 60-year-old Franks was resigning Thursday. Notably, Franks neither confirmed nor denied that he was going to resign.
"I'll let the statement speak for itself", the Arizona Republican told reporters as he was leaving the House floor Thursday evening after voting to avert a government shutdown and fund the government for an additional two weeks. Mark Walker, N.C., the chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee.
"There's been rumors swirling around him for years, at least in 2012", a Republican said.
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Some people in Washington reportedly knew as far back as 2012, when Franks was mulling a run for the Senate. He is now serving his eighth term in the United States Congress.
He's a strong backer of President Donald Trump and has embraced some of his stances on social issues.
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.