Trent Franks Committee Assignments House

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Franks is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Franks has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Enacted Legislation

Franks was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Franks sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (39%)Crime and Law Enforcement (26%)Families (9%)Health (7%)Immigration (7%)Native Americans (4%)Energy (4%)Emergency Management (4%)

Recent Bills

Some of Franks’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Franks’s VoteVote Description
No S. 612: A bill to designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 1300 Victoria Street in Laredo, Texas, as the “George P. Kazen Federal Building ...
Dec 8, 2016. Passed 360/61.
Aye H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
Nay H.Res. 305: Providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 1314) to amend the Internal Revenue Code ...
Jun 11, 2015. Passed 217/212.
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
Nay H.R. 23: National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2015
Jan 7, 2015. Passed 381/39.
Nay H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
Yea H.R. 4681 (113th): Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015
Dec 10, 2014. Passed 325/100.
No H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
No H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
No H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2003 to Dec 2017, Franks missed 242 of 10,772 roll call votes, which is 2.2%. This is on par with the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2017. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Time PeriodVotes EligibleMissed VotesPercentPercentile
2003 Jan-Mar9422.1%51st
2003 Apr-Jun23962.5%59th
2003 Jul-Sep19300.0%0th
2003 Oct-Dec15132.0%32nd
2004 Jan-Mar10443.8%48th
2004 Apr-Jun22110.5%17th
2004 Jul-Sep16153.1%47th
2004 Oct-Dec5811.7%42nd
2005 Jan-Mar9011.1%19th
2005 Apr-Jun27241.5%46th
2005 Jul-Sep14610.7%27th
2005 Oct-Dec16321.2%27th
2006 Jan-Mar8167.4%85th
2006 Apr-Jun276124.3%76th
2006 Jul-Sep15900.0%0th
2006 Nov-Dec2700.0%0th
2007 Jan-Mar21331.4%43rd
2007 Apr-Jun39330.8%26th
2007 Jul-Sep31730.9%23rd
2007 Oct-Dec26383.0%53rd
2008 Jan-Mar14953.4%50th
2008 Apr-Jun32120.6%14th
2008 Jul-Sep20531.5%33rd
2008 Oct-Dec1500.0%0th
2009 Jan-Mar17410.6%24th
2009 Apr-Jun30362.0%45th
2009 Jul-Sep26841.5%44th
2009 Oct-Dec24620.8%19th
2010 Jan-Mar19500.0%0th
2010 Apr-Jun21931.4%28th
2010 Jul-Sep15121.3%39th
2010 Nov-Dec9911.0%21st
2011 Jan-Mar21231.4%57th
2011 Apr-Jun28131.1%44th
2011 Jul-Sep24741.6%54th
2011 Oct-Dec20862.9%62nd
2012 Jan-Mar15174.6%78th
2012 Apr-Jun29951.7%52nd
2012 Jul-Sep15210.7%32nd
2012 Nov-Dec5123.9%56th
2013 Jan-Jan500.0%0th
2013 Jan-Mar8900.0%0th
2013 Apr-Jun21541.9%52nd
2013 Jul-Sep2002814.0%97th
2013 Oct-Dec13742.9%64th
2014 Jan-Mar148128.1%88th
2014 Apr-Jun21931.4%44th
2014 Jul-Sep14700.0%0th
2014 Nov-Dec4912.0%55th
2015 Jan-Mar14432.1%50th
2015 Apr-Jun24400.0%0th
2015 Jul-Sep13975.0%82nd
2015 Oct-Dec17774.0%83rd
2016 Jan-Mar13764.4%61st
2016 Apr-Jun204136.4%83rd
2016 Jul-Sep23241.7%63rd
2016 Nov-Dec4800.0%0th
2017 Jan-Mar20821.0%36th
2017 Apr-Jun13685.9%85th
2017 Jul-Sep19952.5%76th
2017 Oct-Dec128107.8%88th

Primary Sources

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A former aide to Republican Rep. Trent Franks has told The Associated Press the congressman repeatedly pressed her to carry his child, at one point offering her $5 million to act as a surrogate mother.

The eight-term lawmaker abruptly resigned Friday, bowing to an ultimatum from House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. Ryan told Franks that he would refer the allegations to the Ethics Committee and urged him to step aside.

The former staffer said the congressman at least four times asked if she’d be willing to act as a surrogate in exchange for money. Franks, in his statement announcing his resignation, said he and his wife, who have struggled with infertility, have twins who were carried through surrogacy.

The former aide said the conversations took place in private, sometimes in the congressman’s car, and that she repeatedly told him she wasn’t interested. She said she never filed a formal complaint because until recently she didn’t know where to go, but that his behavior had made her feel uncomfortable.

The Associated Press verified the identity of the staffer and confirmed that she worked in Franks’ office. She asked that her name be withheld out of concern for her privacy,.

“During my time there, I was asked a few times to look over a ‘contract’ to carry his child, and if I would conceive his child, I would be given $5 million,” she said, adding that she refused to look over the contract and has never seen a copy.

The woman said the requests shocked her, and made her feel afraid that if she didn’t agree, she would face professional consequences. She said she spoke to another aide in the office, who had also been approached about surrogacy.

The aide cited the surrogacy requests as “a main reason” for leaving the office, adding that she felt retaliated against after turning down the congressman, ignored by Franks and not given many assignments.

A spokesman for Franks would not comment on whether the congressman offered aides money in exchange to act as surrogates.

Franks, a staunch conservative, said in his statement Thursday that he never physically intimidated, coerced or attempted to have sexual contact with any member of his congressional staff.

The surrogacy process typically involves removing an egg from the mother, fertilizing it with sperm from the father, then placing the fertilized egg in the uterus of the surrogate, who carries it to term.

Franks, 60, said he had become familiar with the surrogacy process in recent years and “became insensitive as to how the discussion of such an intensely personal topic might affect others.”

He said he regrets that his “discussion of this option and process in the workplace” with two female staffers made them feel uncomfortable.

Ryan on Thursday said in a statement that he was briefed on the allegations last week, and found them to be “serious and requiring action.”

Ryan said that he presented Franks with the allegations, “which he did not deny,” and filed them with the House Committee on Ethics.

A senior congressional official said Ryan’s general counsel was contacted about two weeks ago by someone with information about “troubling behavior” by Franks involving a former staffer. Ryan’s lawyer interviewed two women with similar complaints and verified them through a third party. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the deliberations.

Andrea Lafferty, President of Traditional Values Coalition, said she is the one who reported Franks’ conduct to the speaker’s office. Lafferty told AP that the former aide came to her about a year ago and told her about the surrogacy requests. Lafferty said she contacted Ryan’s office last month, after the staffer agreed to discuss the incident with leadership.

“I was approached last year about the situation, she came to me wanting some advice about how to handle this. She came to me shaking and sobbing, and she shared a story that I think is horrific, a powerful man hiring young women, procuring staff, to potentially surrogate children for him,” Lafferty said. “I accompanied (the former aide) to the meeting in the speaker’s office where she said Congressman Trent Franks offered her $5 million if she conceived him a child.”

Franks’ net worth of nearly $33 million makes him one of the wealthier members of Congress. While surrogacy regulations and costs vary from state to state, services typically run in the range of the low hundreds of thousands of dollars. The former aide said she never received details about payment or where the process would occur.

Franks is one of three lawmakers to step aside in a week as sexual misconduct allegations rocked the Capitol.

He said in a statement Friday: “Last night, my wife was admitted to the hospital in Washington, D.C., due to an ongoing ailment. After discussing options with my family, we came to the conclusion that the best thing for our family now would be for me to tender my previous resignation effective today, December 8th, 2017.”

On Thursday, liberal Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., announced his resignation after facing allegations of sexual harassment by at least eight women. Franken said some of those accusations were false and that he remembered others differently than his accusers did. He said he’d depart in a few weeks.

On Tuesday, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., resigned effective immediately. He faced accusations from women of improper sexual behavior that he’s contesting.

Franks, an abortion opponent, drew a sharp response from Democrats during a 2013 House committee debate when he said, “The incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.” He sought to clarify the comment, saying later-term abortions linked to pregnancies caused by rape are infrequent.

Franks is a strong backer of President Donald Trump, represents a district encompassing suburbs north and west of Phoenix.

Before winning election to Congress, he served in the Arizona Legislature and founded the Arizona Family Research Institute, an organization associated with Dr. James Dobson’s “Focus on the Family.” The group later changed its name to the Center for Arizona Policy, and continues to be a force at the Arizona Capitol. It pushes anti-abortion, religious freedom and school choice legislation and publishes a yearly scorecard tracking how lawmakers vote on its proposed bills.

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Associated Press writers Andrew Taylor, Anita Snow and David Crary contributed to this report.

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