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Revision as of 01:11, 15 February 2013

Trent Franks
Trent Franks.jpg
U.S. House, Arizona, District 8
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 12
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Arizona State House of Representatives
Date of birthJune 19, 1957
Place of birthUravan, CO
Office website
Campaign website
Trent Franks (b. June 19, 1957) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing Arizona's 8th congressional district. Franks was first elected to the House in 2002.

Due to redistricting, Franks ran for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Arizona's 8th District. He sought and won nomination on the Republican ticket in the primary election on August 28, 2012 and later won the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Franks is a "far-right Republican".[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Franks's academic, professional and political career:[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Franks serves on the following committees:[4]


  • Armed Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
    • Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
  • Judiciary Committee
    • Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law
    • Subcommittee on the Constitution, Chair


House Judiciary Committee

Congressman Franks was first appointed to the House Judiciary Committee in 2005.[5]

Congressman Franks serves on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties along with being the lead Republican on the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law.[6] [7]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Trent Franks endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [8]

Campaign themes


Franks's campaign website lists the following issues:[9]

  • The American Family
Excerpt: "The character of an individual and culture of a society begins and ends with family. Recently, Congressman Franks became the father of twins, Joshua Lane and Emily Grace. Nothing like serving in government for the welfare of children and having his very own children have convicted him more of the truism: government is simply incapable of replacing the family. "
  • Business and the Economy
Excerpt: "The primary role of government in the economy is to combat fraud and price fixing practices, and simply get out of the way of free enterprise and let the people produce. As someone who knows what it is like to start a business and to develop two patents, Congressman Franks believes government should take a minimalist approach to the economy so that the private sector can innovate and thrive."
  • Sanctity of Life
Excerpt: "Congressman Franks recognizes the Constitution of the United States guarantees the inalienable rights outlined in the Declaration of Independence. He believes our Creator has given us the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is a crime against God and humanity to deny any person these rights based on their color, creed, religion, or station in life."
  • Social Security
Excerpt: "Congressman Franks is the author of H.R. 1058, the Seniors Financial Security Act. This important bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to repeal the inclusion in gross income for income tax purposes of social security and tier 1 railroad retirement benefits. He believes it is wrong for the government to over tax our seniors."
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "It is clear that healthcare premiums are too high and people are simply paying too much for much needed medical treatments. But Congressman Franks believes that a government take-over of our healthcare system would crush the quality of healthcare services in our country. "

Specific Votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Franks voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[10]



See also: Arizona's 8th congressional district elections, 2012

Due to redistricting, Franks ran for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Arizona's 8th District. He defeated Helmuth Hack and Tony Passalacqua in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He then overtook incumbent Gene Scharer (D) and Stephen Dolgos (Americans Elect) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[11][12][13]

U.S. House, Arizona District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTrent Franks Incumbent 63.3% 172,809
     Democratic Gene Scharer 35.1% 95,635
     Libertarian Stephen Dolgos 1.6% 4,347
Total Votes 272,791
Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Franks won re-election to the United States House. He defeated John Thrasher and Powell Gammill in the general election.[14]

U.S. House, Arizona District 2 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTrent Franks Incumbent 64.9% 173,173
     Democratic John Thrasher 31.1% 82,891
     Libertarian Powell Gammill 4.1% 10,820
Total Votes 266,884

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Franks's reports.[15]

Trent Franks (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]April 13, 2012$11,694.81$70,728.83$(26,211.52)$56,212.12
July Quarterly[17]July 14, 2012$56,212.12$74,220.72$(63,964.88)$66,467.96
Pre-Primary[18]August 15, 2012$66,467.96$7,636$(51,705.03)$22,398.93
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Franks's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Franks won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Franks's campaign committee raised a total of $964,398 and spent $987,866.[19]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Franks paid his congressional staff a total of $1,192,891 in 2011. He ranks 3rd on the list of the highest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 16thth overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Arizona ranks 47th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[20]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Franks's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $11,600,005 and $56,250,000. That averages to $33,925,002, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth did not change from 2010.[21]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Franks' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $11,600,005 and $56,250,000. That averages to $33,925,002.50, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[22]

National Journal vote ratings


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Franks ranked 109th in the conservative rankings.[23]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

The website Open Congress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Franks votes with the Republican Party 90.4% of the time. This ranks 182nd among the 242 Senate Republicans in 2011.[24]


Franks and his wife, Josephine, have two children.

External links


  1. AZ Capitol Times "Franks bows out of Senate race," Accessed February 23, 2012
  2. Gov Track "Franks" Accessed May 25, 2012
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Trent Franks," Accessed October 30, 2011
  4. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  5. Government Printing Office "Trademark Dilution Revision Act of 2005", February 17, 2005(See Page II)
  6. House Judiciary Committee "Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law Membership, 111th Congress"
  7. House Judiciary Committee "Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Membership, 111th Congress"
  8. Newt Gingrich 2012, "Congressman Trent Franks Endorses Gingrich for President," January 13, 2012
  9. Campaign website, Issues
  10. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  11. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Arizona," November 7, 2012
  12. Official primary candidate list
  13. Associated Press primary results
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  15. Federal Election Commission "Trent Franks's Summary Report," Accessed August 23, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission "Trent Franks April Quarterly," Accessed August 23, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission "Trent Franks July Quarterly," Accessed August 23, 2012
  18. Federal Election Commission "Trent Franks Pre-Primary," Accessed August 23, 2012
  19. Open Secrets "Trent Franks 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 30, 2011
  20. LegiStorm "Trent Franks"
  21. OpenSecrets.org, "Franks, (R-Arizona), 2011"
  22. OpenSecrets.org, "Franks, (R-Arizona), 2010"
  23. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  24. Open Congress "Voting With Party," October 30, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Ed Pastor
U.S. House - Arizona District 8
Succeeded by