Republican congressman expected to resign over sexual misconduct claims

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Franks represents a district encompassing suburbs north and west of Phoenix. He first assumed office in 2003.

"We will have a statement a little bit later, but that's all I can tell you right now", Franks told reporters after leaving the House floor Thursday. He said he expected to make a statement Thursday.

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

The future of his political career and the nature of his reported "inappropriate behavior" remain unclear.

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

"If this turns out to be true, there won't be that many people who are surprised", the Arizona Republican said, according to the report. Two Republican consultants say Arizona GOP Rep. Trent Franks is resigning from Congress.

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

Franks sits on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Armed Services committee. He is now serving his eighth term in the United States Congress. The general election must be held no less than 50 and no more than 60 days after the primary.