BREAKING: Franks has now resigned as of today, Dec. 8, 2017.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will wait until Republican Rep. Trent Franks’ resignation takes effect at the end of January before setting dates for a special election on a midterm replacement.
Franks has announced his intention to resign after revealing he discussed surrogacy with two female staffers.
Franks’ letter to Ducey states that his resignation from the 8th Congressional District seat is effective at 5 p.m. EST on Jan. 31.
Because the vacancy is occurring more than six months before the next general election, Arizona law requires the governor to schedule a special primary election and a special general election.