Arizona GOP Rep. Trent Franks will resign, sources say

Rep. Trent Franks R-Ariz. is expected to resign his congressional seat

Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz) (left) during a hearing on the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act at Rayburn House Office Building in Washington on May 23, 2013.

The AP reported on Franks' resignation Thursday afternoon, based on its sources.

"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. Franks told Roll Call that he would make a statement on Thursday evening, that will "explain" things. "And if this turns out to be true, there won't be that many people who are surprised".

Representing a solidly-Republican swath of Arizona, north of Phoenix, Franks built a reputation as a hard-line conservative since joining Congress in 2003. Notably, Franks neither confirmed nor denied that he was going to resign.

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Franks is a Congressman for Arizona's District 8.

He closely considered a run for Senate in 2012, dropping out suddenly in a manner that fueled speculation in Arizona political circles about a potential issues with his personal life.

The governor is required to establish the date of the primary election within 72 hours of the seat being officially vacated.