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Rep. Trent Franks (R)

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Phone: 202-225-4576

Address: 2435 RHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (623) 776-7911

Address: 7121 West Bell Road, Glendale AZ 85308-8549

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Trent Franks Committees
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Trent Franks Biography
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  • Elected: 2002, 6th term.
  • District: Arizona 8
  • Born: Jun. 19, 1957, Uravan, CO
  • Home: Pioria
  • Education: Ottawa University, 1989-90
  • Professional Career: Director, AZ Governor's Office for Children, 1987-88; Exec. director, AZ Family Research Institute, 1989-93; Writer-commentator, AZ radio station KTKP; Co-owner, Franks Brothers Independent Drilling; Pres.-CEO, Liberty Petroleum Corp.
  • Political Career: AZ House of Reps., 1984-86.
  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion: Baptist
  • Family: Married (Josie); 2 children

Trent Franks, a Republican first elected in 2002, is best known for his of fervent opposition to abortion rights; he said in 2010 that it had done more harm to blacks than slavery, and he unsuccessfully pushed a measure two years later that would criminalize abortions based on the sex or gender of the fetus. Franks also has been one of President Barack Obama’s most lacerating critics, predicting in 2008 that the incoming chief executive would be “the most dangerous president this country has ever had.” Read More

Trent Franks, a Republican first elected in 2002, is best known for his of fervent opposition to abortion rights; he said in 2010 that it had done more harm to blacks than slavery, and he unsuccessfully pushed a measure two years later that would criminalize abortions based on the sex or gender of the fetus. Franks also has been one of President Barack Obama’s most lacerating critics, predicting in 2008 that the incoming chief executive would be “the most dangerous president this country has ever had.”

Franks grew up in Colorado, attended college briefly, and started his own oil-and-gas exploration business. His political career began when he won a single term in the Arizona House in 1984. There, he was known for wearing a tie tack in the shape of the feet of a fetus, as a constant reminder of his anti-abortion-rights views. In 1987, he was the director of the Governor’s Office for Children under Evan Mecham, a conservative Republican who was later impeached. In 1989, he became executive director of the Arizona Family Research Institute, an organization associated with James Dobson’s Focus on the Family, and he was a consultant to conservative Pat Buchanan’s presidential campaign. Franks also designed the state’s 1997 scholarship tax credit legislation, a much litigated measure that ultimately was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. The plan provides tax credits for donations to nonprofit organizations to help families pay for private education.

In the House, Franks has accumulated a conservative voting record while emerging as a fierce rhetorical firebrand. He was among the first House Republicans to join the Tea Party Caucus in 2010. Despite the House Republican majority’s desire to focus on economic rather than social issues in the 112th Congress (2011-12), he continued to seek votes on abortion-related bills. In May 2012, the leadership brought to the House floor his measure to criminalize abortions based on the fetus’ sex or gender, on the heels of a similar new Arizona state law. It needed two-thirds to pass under a procedure called “suspension of the rules,” but it got 246 votes to 168 votes against, not enough to meet the criteria for passage. Franks also has repeatedly introduced legislation that would exclude Social Security payments from income taxes.

On the Armed Services Committee, Franks has strongly supported missile defense as well as protecting against electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attacks. Such attacks involve a powerful shock wave that can disrupt magnetic fields and potentially damage electric systems. From 2007 to 2009, he was the ranking Republican on the Constitution Subcommittee of Judiciary, where he worked to promote building a fence along the country’s borders to stem illegal immigration. In the 113th Congress (2013-14), he is the chairman of the subcommittee. He has been highly critical of a provision in the Voting Rights Act empowering the Justice Department to approve or challenge changes to voting laws in states such as Arizona. He said it was “ludicrous” that his state had to get preclearance before new congressional maps could take effect. “Our record on civil rights is today and in the past is far better than some of the other states,” he said. On a personal note, he has encouraged public awareness of facial deformity similar to the one he has battled. Franks has had multiple surgeries to correct a cleft palate.

Franks first ran for a House seat in 1994 but lost to John Shadegg in the Republican primary, 43%-30%. In 2002, Republican Rep. Bob Stump announced he was retiring and endorsed Lisa Atkins, his chief of staff during his 26-year congressional career. Franks was not in the top tier of candidates, but his base of Christian conservatives and abortion opponents, plus an infusion into his campaign of $300,000 of his own money, made him a contender. He called for overturning the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion and for constitutional protection for fetuses. He endorsed a flat tax to replace the federal income tax, supported individual investment accounts in Social Security, and called for tougher enforcement of immigration laws. His base of activists made the difference. He finished first with 28% of the vote, only 797 votes ahead of Atkins, who got 26%. In November, he won 60%-37%.

In his first bid for reelection in 2004, Franks faced a competitive primary against Rick Murphy, a free-spending radio station owner, who hammered Franks for supporting the Republicans’ 2003 bill expanding Medicare to include a prescription drug benefit. Murphy was endorsed by several local Republican officials who complained about their lack of contact with Franks. Murphy also attacked Franks for abandoning his promise not to take money from political action committees. Franks won 64%-36%. He narrowly lost Mohave County, but he took 68% in Maricopa, which cast 76% of the total vote. In November, Franks won 59%-39%.

In the early maneuvering for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, Franks backed Duncan Hunter of California, the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee, as “an unequivocal social conservative and fiscal conservative” over home-state favorite Sen. John McCain. Later, in 2010, Franks angered African-Americans when he declared that their population has been decimated more by abortions than by slavery. Discussing Obama’s potential reelection, he said in March 2011, “He is a left-wing ideologue of the first magnitude, and if we don’t understand that now, then I’m afraid that somehow he may get back in in two years, and I don’t know that the country can survive that.”

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Trent Franks Election Results
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2012 General
Trent Franks (R)
Votes: 172,809
Percent: 63.35%
Gene Scharer (D)
Votes: 95,635
Percent: 35.06%
2012 Primary
Trent Franks (R)
Votes: 57,257
Percent: 83.17%
Tony Passalacqua (R)
Votes: 11,572
Percent: 16.81%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (65%), 2008 (59%), 2006 (59%), 2004 (59%), 2002 (60%)
Trent Franks Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic - (L) : 98 (C) 26 (L) : 74 (C) 21 (L) : 78 (C)
Social 13 (L) : 84 (C) 28 (L) : 70 (C) 17 (L) : 74 (C)
Foreign - (L) : 95 (C) - (L) : 91 (C) 27 (L) : 70 (C)
Composite 6.0 (L) : 94.0 (C) 19.8 (L) : 80.2 (C) 23.8 (L) : 76.2 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC9083
LCV39
CFG10098
ITIC-58
NTU8586
20112012
COC88-
ACLU-0
ACU100100
ADA015
AFSCME0-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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