Rep. Trent Franks, an Arizona Republican who is among the most conservative members of the House, is expected to resign his seat as soon as Thursday, according to a GOP member and an aide familiar with his plans.
Franks told Roll Call that he will be making an announcement later in the day, but did not elaborate. It did not elaborate why Franks has chosen to resign.
"The statement will explain", he said.
"There's been rumors swirling around him for years, at least in 2012", a Republican official told the outlet. He's a staunch social conservative who sponsored House-passed legislation to make it a crime for any person to perform an abortion if the age of the fetus is 20 weeks or more. His departure had not been expected, and one of the consultants said Franks was leaving on Thursday.
"As he walked past reporters outside the floor of the House of Representatives, Franks said: "I'll let the statement speak for itself".
Franks was first elected in 2002 and considered a 2012 Senate bid before deciding against it. He is now serving his eighth term in the United States Congress. Franks won an eighth term last fall by 37 points.
Franks was involved in Trump's efforts to oust Arizona Sen.