Trent Franks

Trent Franks


Town Hall


You are invited to our next town hall event in the district.

Please join us on Tuesday, October 13th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

Location: Glendale Adult Center 5970 W. Brown Street Glendale, AZ 85302

Please call our office at (623) 776-7911 for more information. 

We hope to see you there!

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TRANSCRIPT: Rep. Franks' Born Alive Debate Speech


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08) was on the House Floor today to debate HR 3504 the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. A portion of his speech follows:

"The Born Alive Abortion Survivor Protection Act, Madam Speaker, protects little children who have been born alive. No one in this body can obscure the humanity and the personhood of these little born alive babies. Nor can they take refuge within the schizophrenic paradox Roe vs. Wade has subjected this country to for now more than 40 years.

"The abortion industry labored all these decades to convince the world that unborn children and born children should be completely separated in our minds, that while born children are persons worthy of protection, unborn children are not persons and are not worthy of protection. 

"But Madam Speaker, those who oppose this bill to protect born alive babies now have the impossible task of trying to join born children and unborn children back together again and then trying to convince all of us to condemn them both as inhuman and not worthy of protection after all.

"To anyone who has not invincibly hardened their heart and soul, Madam Speaker, an honest consideration of this absurd inconsistency is profoundly enlightening. Because you see, this country has faced such paradox and self-imposed blindness before. There was a time that our own house rules banned any discussion or debate in this chamber about the effort to end human slavery in America.

"But, Madam Speaker, that debate did come, and with it, came a time when the humanity of the victims and the inhumanity of what was being done to them, became so glaring, even to the hardest of hearts, that it moved an entire generation of people to find the compassion and the courage in their souls to change their position. And now to this generation, Madam Speaker, that time has come again."

Click here to watch the full speech.

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Fourteen Years Later, We Remember the Price of Freedom


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08) issued the following statement on the 14th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks and the third anniversary of the attacks in Benghazi.

“On this day, 14 years ago, our lives were jolted by evil and horrific attacks committed against the United States of America at the hands of terrorists. Fueled by pure evil and hatred, these attacks killed nearly 3,000 innocent people.

“Just three years ago, another attack was perpetrated on sovereign United States soil at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya where four courageous and noble Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, were murdered by terrorists.

“How quickly we, as a country, forget the mindset of Jihadist terrorism. This day should remind us all that the price of freedom truly is eternal vigilance.

“God help this Congress to be vigilant and reject this fatally flawed nuclear deal with Iran. If we fail to reject this deal, or the next president does not intervene, it will ultimately put the finger of Jihad on the nuclear button and our children will be placed on a path that leads through the shadow of nuclear terrorism.

“On this day especially, we should all pause and remember the many priceless lives that were lost to the unspeakable acts aimed at destroying this country and our way of life. We remember and pray for all the families that lost loved ones on this infamous day.

“Let us promise ourselves anew that we, the people of the United States of America, will continue to stand firm and do whatever is necessary to prevent the horrendous tragedy of 14 years ago from ever taking place on American soil again.”

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Feckless Leadership and Peace in Our Time Deals Allowed for History's Greatest Human Tragedy


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Israel Allies Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Trent Franks offered the following statement supporting Governor Huckabee's defense of the Jewish people and critique of the Obama Administration's bad deal with Iran: "Mike Huckabee is the last person on the planet that the media could ever legitimately claim is uncaring for, or unprotective of the State of Israel. Not one other presidential in this race has a stronger, more demonstrated, lifelong commitment to Israel and the Jewish people.

"The Left displays great tolerance toward and silence on behalf of Iranian Mullahs who lead throngs of their followers in screaming chants of "Death to Israel!" - words I am assuming they consider to be insensitive and politically incorrect - however, they do not hesitate for a moment to attack a man many leaders and people of Israel themselves hold as one of their truest and greatest American champions.

"Whatever else can be said, Mr. Huckabee has reminded us it was indeed a feckless, peace in our time deal by weak leadership that allowed one of the most evil events in human history to be perpetrated against the Children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob."

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Criminal Investigation into Planned Parenthood Harvesting Baby Body Parts Unlikely from Obama Justice Department


WASHINGTON, D.C. - As details emerged of Planned Parenthood selling body parts of aborted babies in a recently published investigative video, Congressman Franks, Prime Sponsor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act released the following statement:

"The chilling video released today is yet another tragic and heart-breaking reminder of Planned Parenthood’s legendary disregard for the sanctity of innocent human life. The trafficking of the little hearts, livers and heads of these precious unborn children resulted in significant financial benefit for Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the country.

"Planned Parenthood must be held responsible for the horrifying use of partial-birth abortions to deliberately harvest the intact the body parts of innocent human children. It is an unspeakable disgrace that the Obama Justice Department will likely never launch a criminal investigation to look into these unconscionable acts that were clearly covered up by Planned Parenthood - from the CEO, Cecile Richards, down to the workers at the clinics who performed these gruesome acts. If our government and the American people look the other way from this kind of insidious evil, we do so at our moral peril."

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Iran Deal Negotiates away Every Nonnegotiable


WASHINGTON, D.C. - As news of a nuclear deal with Iran was released, Congressman Trent Franks released the following statement questioning this Administration's resolve in striking a deal with the world’s foremost State sponsor of terrorism:

For years we have watched in utter disbelief at the great lengths to which this Administration has gone in order to secure a deal at any price with Iran on their nuclear weapons program. As predicted, Barack Obama has capitulated to the lunatic leaders of Iran in a “peace in our time” deal with that will strengthen Iran’s ability to foment terrorism throughout the world as it has for the last 40 years.

Mr. Obama has now successfully negotiated away every nonnegotiable and struck a faulty deal that legitimizes Iran on the world stage. Most dangerous of all, Iran will now have a protected protocol to enrich uranium and produce plutonium on its own soil. This is an issue impossible to overstate.

The Islamic Republic of Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, whose leadership envisions "a world without America," has threatened to "wipe out Israel in a sea of fire." It is to this nation that this administration has now bowed at the negotiating table.

Today the Prime Minister of Israel, our most trusted ally in the region said "obviously we are going to have to continue to prepare to defend ourselves by ourselves." It is an absolute disgrace that this President has sacrificed the security and stability of this important ally and our greatest friend in the world, along with the entire human family on the altar of perceived international civility. This is a betrayal that history will never forget.

President Barack Obama is now the leading apologist in the world for the Islamic Republic of Iran. And it has now fallen upon Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, to be the leading voice for freedom in the world.

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21st Century Cures Act


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following House passage of H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, Congressman Franks released the following statement on his YES vote on the bill:

The National Institutes of Health has been operating on an outdated budget and mission since 2009. The 21st Century Cures Act will improve outcomes of research, create jobs, and save lives with focused efforts to increase strategic investments and modernized the approval and regulatory processed for new drugs, biologics, and medical devices at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

There are 10,000 known diseases, but we only have cures and treatments for 500 of them. The 21st Century Cures Act will help patients suffering from those diseases by providing new incentives for the development of drugs for rare diseases, modernizing clinical trials & removing regulatory uncertainty for the development of new medical apps, helping to keep and create jobs here at home and creating a fiscally responsible, fully paid-for, and temporary 5-year Fund for biomedical research. I was frustrated with the funding mechanism but in the long term this bill will cut mandatory spending and eventually reduce the deficit and will help vulnerable Arizonans and the American people who need medical intervention most.

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Committee Passage of EMP Legislation is Decisive Step


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today the Committee on Homeland Security passed the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act (CIPA), important legislation to protect Americans from an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), a threat experts consider one of the most serious risks to our national security. Rep. Trent Franks along with Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Michael McCaul, and Chairman of the Rules Committee, Rep. Pete Sessions, released the following statements:

Congressman Trent Franks: "I sincerely applaud and thank Chairman McCaul and the House Committee on Homeland Security for passing the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act (CIPA) out of Committee today. The electric grid is fundamental to our modern way of life and is a vital component of nearly every other critical infrastructure in America. Reducing its vulnerability to naturally occurring or weaponized electromagnetic pulse is a matter of national security. Most notably, CIPA directs and empowers the Department of Homeland Security to harden and protect our critical infrastructure including power production, generation, and distribution systems. I'm encouraged by this movement and expect my colleagues in the House of Representatives to take this decisive step to protect our nation when CIPA comes to the Floor for a vote." | Contact: Destiny Decker (202) 225-4576Chairman Michael McCaul: "Experts have warned us about the threat of EMP events to our critical infrastructure. Such an event could severely disrupt all Americans’ way of life. The impact could cause serious damage to the Nations’ critical infrastructure making this vitally important to our homeland security defenses. The Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, which passed through my Committee, is a huge step forward in our resiliency and preparedness from an EMP event. I appreciate Congressman Franks’ dedication and collaboration with me to address this vital national security matter." | Contact: Susan Phalen (202) 224-8477

Chairman Pete Sessions: “Today’s passage of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act is an important first step towards protecting our nation’s critical infrastructure. I applaud my friend Congressman Trent Franks’ hard work on this important issue and I wholeheartedly support this bill so that we can secure our electrical grid, educate the public about this potential threat, and implement effective measures to protect our nation’s critical infrastructure.” | Contact: Caroline Boothe (202) 225-2231

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King Vs. Burwell Decision: Conversation NOT Over


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Upon the announcement of the Supreme Court's decision in King v. Burwell to uphold the Administration's overreach, Congressman Trent Franks Chairman of the Constitution Subcommitee of the Judiciary, made the following statement: "Today's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitutionality of ObamaCare's federal insurance subsidies is disappointing, but not the end of the discussion. The very simple fact of the matter is Obamacare violated the Origination Clause of the Constitution by implementing the single largest tax hike in U.S. history with a Senate-originated bill. Unfortunately the Supreme Court has thus far refused to consider this reality.

"ObamaCare's effects have been an unmitigated disaster. With more uncertainty on the horizon, this intrinsically flawed system will ultimately collapse upon itself unless policy makers repeal or drastically change it. I will not give up my opposition to ObamaCare and will continue to seek ways to replace our current system with health care reform that is fostered through the private sector.

"There are four principles of reform I believe that government should encourage when dealing with the health care system:

  1. Every American, regardless of health or financial status, should have access to affordable healthcare coverage of their choice.
  2. Healthcare should be family-focused and patient centered. It must put patients, in consultation with their doctors, in control of their healthcare; not the patient's employer, and certainly not government bureaucrats
  3. Americans should own and control their healthcare plan, and it should be personal and portable.
  4. Americans who are happy with their current plan should be allowed to keep it."
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YES Vote on TPA Holds President Accountable to Congress on Free Trade


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Trent Franks released the following statement following House passage of Trade Promotion Authority (219-211):

"Executive power has spiraled out of control and needs to be reined in when it comes to international trade. Trade Promotion Authority strengthens the priorities and the role of Congress, providing for a 60 day congressional review period on any negotiated trade agreement and a strict set of parameters on the Executive branch for protecting American trade. TPA also includes 150 Congressionally mandated objectives which will guide trade agreement negotiations. Its passage will give the President the authority needed to finalize trade agreements while ensuring Congress maintains control, oversight, and transparency of the process.

"Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) positions the United States to negotiate new trade agreements, open foreign markets, spur economic growth, and create jobs. These are the answers Americans, specifically Arizonans, have been asking for! American will set international trade policy instead of China.

"Business growth and expansion in Arizona are heavily dependent upon the ability to sell American goods and services outside the U.S. Trade supports nearly 750,000 jobs in Arizona with exports of merchandise in 2013 reaching over $19 billion. Arizona small businesses, more than 6,000 of which are exporters, rely heavily on free trade. Leveling the global playing field for Arizonans through trade agreements is a policy I strongly support.

"Americans are taxed enough already. Why should entrepreneurship and profitable trade be taxed in the form of tariffs as well? TPA will help decrease the size and scope of government in the realm of international commerce. The passage of TPA is a victory for Arizonans and for the American dream itself."

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2015-10-09 17:42:52

Rep. Franks Discusses Planned Parenthood Funding with Kate Snow

2015-09-30 21:29:05

Born Alive Debate Speech

2015-09-18 15:49:39

Republicans must use our "nuclear option" in rules or Iran will use theirs

2015-09-11 17:50:44

Franks questions witness on viability of born alive infants

2015-09-11 16:12:56

Franks Statement at Planned Parenthood Hearing

2015-09-09 20:14:57

Video Address to President Obama - Abortion President

2015-07-31 20:12:08

Rep. Franks Special Order Religious Liberties

2015-07-24 18:14:25

President Obama Could be Father of Iranian Atomic Bomb

2015-07-24 18:09:26

Rep Franks FY16NDAA Markup

2015-06-24 20:50:05

Rep. Franks: Pain Capable Floor Speech

2015-05-13 16:07:00

Franks Responds to Administration on Netanyahu Speech and Iran

2015-03-06 18:29:31

Rep. Franks Speaks Out in Support of Prime Minister Netanyahu

2015-02-05 21:05:54

Franks to Obama: Will You Wait Until ISIS Hits an American Shopping Mall?

2015-02-05 20:20:43

Franks Addresses Bowe Bergdahl Desertion Talks on O'Reilly Factor

2015-01-29 16:53:48

Rep. Trent Franks Floor Speech on Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

2015-01-22 17:25:24

Rep. Trent Franks Speech During Rules Debate on Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36)

2015-01-21 18:25:19

Franks on the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act and the Threat of Electromagnetic Pulses

2014-11-24 21:55:36

Franks on CNN: Obama Owes George Bush An Apology on Iraq

2014-09-15 18:45:43

Franks on GAO Berghdal Report

2014-08-26 20:29:43

Contact Information

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-4576
Fax 202-225-6328

Committee Assignments

Armed Services


Congressman Trent Franks is a conservative Reagan Republican, and he has spent most of his life working on children’s issues and trying to build a better future for all children.

Trent is someone who still believes that there is such a thing as the truth and that people and principles should be at the center of political discourse in America. He works very hard in the United States Congress for smaller government by cutting government waste, reducing taxes, bureaucracy, and regulation. Trent believes in personal responsibility, free enterprise and that government’s first purpose is to protect its innocent citizens.

Trent is a former member of the Arizona House of Representatives. While in the House, he served as Vice-Chairman of the House Commerce Committee and Chairman of the House Sub-Committee on Child Protection and Family Preservation.

In January of 1987, Trent was appointed by the Governor to head the Arizona Governor’s Office for Children, which is a Cabinet level division of the Governor’s office responsible for overseeing and coordinating state policy and programs for Arizona’s children.

Trent served four and a half years as the Executive Director of the Arizona Family Research Institute, a non-profit organization associated with Dr. James Dobson’s Focus on the Family for the purpose of advocating public policy to protect children and families in Arizona. The Arizona Family Research Institute later became the Center for Arizona Policy.

Trent Franks is past Chairman of the Children’s Hope Scholarship Foundation and a Republican Member of The United States Congress. He currently serves on the Armed services Committee and the Judiciary Committee, and is now Chairman of the Constitution Subcommittee.

He is a member of the Republican Study Committee, the House Working Group on Judicial Accountability, House Working Group on Waste, Fraud and Abuse, the Congressional Hispanic Conference, the Liberty Caucus, the DUI Caucus, the Human Rights Caucus, the India Caucus, the Refugee Caucus, and the Education Freedom Caucus.

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