|U.S. House, Arizona, District 8|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||11|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 5, 2002|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Arizona State House of Representatives|
|Birthday||June 19, 1957|
|Place of birth||Uravan, CO|
- 1 Career
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Personal
- 8 External links
- 9 References
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.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Franks's academic, professional and political career:
- 1985-1987: Arizona House of Representatives
- 2003-Present: U.S Representative from Arizona
Franks serves on the following committees:
- Judiciary Committee
- Subcommittee on Constitution and Civil Justice, Chair
- Armed Services Committee
- Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
- Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities
- 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.
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. 
Franks's campaign website lists the following issues:
- 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. "
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.
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.
|U.S. House, Arizona District 8 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Trent Franks Incumbent||63.3%||172,809|
|Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Arizona District 2 General Election, 2010|
|Republican||Trent Franks Incumbent||64.9%||173,173|
|Trent Franks (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 13, 2012||$11,694.81||$70,728.83||$(26,211.52)||$56,212.12|
|July Quarterly||July 14, 2012||$56,212.12||$74,220.72||$(63,964.88)||$66,467.96|
|Pre-Primary||August 15, 2012||$66,467.96||$7,636||$(51,705.03)||$22,398.93|
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.
His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:
|U.S. House, Arizona District 2, 2010 - Trent Franks Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$21,021|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$21,021|
|Top contributors to Trent Franks's campaign committee|
|Orbital Sciences Corp||$10,000|
|American Bankers Assn||$9,000|
|American Society of Anesthesiologists||$8,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
Congressional Staff Salaries
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Franks and his wife, Josephine, have two children.
- Political profiles:
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- Media appearances:
- Media coverage:
- AZ Capitol Times "Franks bows out of Senate race," Accessed February 23, 2012
- Gov Track "Franks" Accessed May 25, 2012
- Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Trent Franks," Accessed October 30, 2011
- CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
- Government Printing Office "Trademark Dilution Revision Act of 2005", February 17, 2005(See Page II)
- House Judiciary Committee "Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law Membership, 111th Congress"
- House Judiciary Committee "Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Membership, 111th Congress"
- Newt Gingrich 2012, "Congressman Trent Franks Endorses Gingrich for President," January 13, 2012
- Campaign website, Issues
- U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Arizona," November 7, 2012
- Official primary candidate list
- Associated Press primary results
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- Federal Election Commission "Trent Franks's Summary Report," Accessed August 23, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Trent Franks April Quarterly," Accessed August 23, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Trent Franks July Quarterly," Accessed August 23, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Trent Franks Pre-Primary," Accessed August 23, 2012
- Open Secrets "Trent Franks 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 30, 2011
- LegiStorm "Trent Franks"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Franks, (R-Arizona), 2011"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Franks, (R-Arizona), 2010"
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- Open Congress "Voting With Party," October 30, 2011
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