Highlights of the story
- Rep. Trent Franks is a congressman from the Phoenix area who has antiabortion rights
- He supports President Donald Trump and opposed Republican Senator Jeff Flake
The reasons for his resignation were not immediately clear when the news was released. On Thursday night, a group of Republican conservatives from the House gathered around Franks on the floor and prayed with him. Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, one of the members who rubbed elbows with Franks, told CNN that a statement will soon be released on the subject.
He supported President Donald Trump last year, even after the recording of "Access Hollywood," saying that Trump's words, while bad, did not compare to the support of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for the right to abortion.
Franks was involved in Trump's efforts to overthrow Arizona Senator Jeff Flake before Flake announced his retirement. Franks, state treasurer Jeff DeWit and former Republican president Robert Graham met privately behind the scenes with Trump before the noisy protest from Phoenix earlier this year.
Franks sits on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Armed Services Committee.
The northwestern suburb of Frank in Phoenix is reliably Republican, having turned to Trump and Republican 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who won the district by more than 20 percentage points, and Franks easily won re-election last year.
This story was updated and will continue to update with additional developments.