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Arizona Rep. Trent Franks expected to announce resignation

WASHINGTON — Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., is expected to announce his resignation Thursday evening, multiple Republican sources told NBC News.

It was not immediately clear why the GOP member is planning to leave his seat.

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Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., arrives for a House Republican Conference meeting on Capitol Hill. Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call / Zuma Press

“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.

Franks’ statement is expected to come Thursday night.

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., announced on the Senate floor Thursday that he will leave office at the end of the year. And Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., said Tuesday that he was stepping down immediately. Both resigned after being accused of sexual misconduct.

Franks is serving his eighth term in Congress and is a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and Republican Study Committee. He is ardently anti-abortion and spearheaded bills in the House to ban the procedure after 20 weeks.

Franks represents a solidly Republican district outside Phoenix that President Donald Trump won by 21 points in 2016. Franks was considering a run for Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake’s seat, who announced in October that he would not seek re-election to the Senate next year.

If Franks leaves office more than six months from the next general election, Doug Ducey, the Republican governor of Arizona, would call for a special election to replace him.

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