Franks, Trent

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
U.S. House of Representatives
District:
8
Political Affiliation:
Republican
Phone:
(202) 805-5268
Age:
66
Occupation:
Business
Education:
Ottawa University
Family:
Josephine, Joshua Lane, Emily Grace,
Religion:
Evangelical Christian
Biographical Info:

ABBREVIATED BIOGRAPHY OF FORMER CONGRESSMAN TRENT FRANKS

Congressman Trent Franks served as a founder and CEO of Liberty Petroleum Corporation and currently serves as Chairman of the of Liberty Petroleum Corporation Board of Directors. Throughout his public service, he was never a professional politician, he was a small Business owner, being self-employed most of his life starting at 17 years old.

Congressman Trent Franks is a Conservative Reagan Republican. He served seven terms in the United States Congress and has worked passionately all of his adult life to build a better future for all children and protecting America’s “first principles”: The God given rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness outlined in our Declaration of Independence, and our Nation’s core Constitutional foundations.
Congressman Franks Has a Proven Conservative Record throughout his 15 Years in Congress. Trent was repeatedly named among the very most consistently conservative members in all of Congress.

Trent would be returning to Congress with 15 years congressional seniority and possessing the priceless experience in Congress of having served in many critical positions previously.

Trent believes it was our Creator, not the hand of man or government, that gave all mankind the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and that government has a God-given responsibility to protect these rights for all members of the human family, regardless of their color, creed, religion, or station in life.

Trent believes that there will always be such a thing as the truth and that people and principles should be at the center of political discourse in America. He believes in personal responsibility, free enterprise and that government’s first purpose is to protect its innocent citizens.
Trent served as Chairman of the Constitution Subcommittee, Vice-Chairman of the Strategic [Nuclear] Forces Subcommittee, and as Vice-Chairman of the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee. Trent was a senior member on both the House Judiciary Committee and the Armed Services Committee.

Trent was also a member of both the Budget Committee and the Small Business Committee.
He served as Chairman of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Caucus the Congressional Caucus on Adoption, the Missile Defense Caucus, and the Electromagnetic Pulse Caucus. Congressman Franks was widely recognized as one of the very most knowledgeable leaders in Congress on Missile-Defense and EMP related issues.

He served as 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, the Adoption Caucus, the Education Freedom Caucus, and was one of the earliest members of the Freedom Caucus in Congress.

He successfully sponsored amendments in the Armed Services Committee to mandate the building of the critical space-based missile-defense layer currently under development to protect America from incoming intercontinental ballistic nuclear missiles.
Congressman Franks was the Prime Sponsor of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act. This first of its kind legislation was especially vital in that it provided and mandated a framework to protect the nation’s electric power grid against naturally occurring and weaponized electromagnetic pulse. President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order to expedite the implementation of this crucial legislation and protecting the nation against EMP.

Trent also served as Chairman of the EIS world Summit on Electric Infrastructure Security. He is recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts on national policy to protect civilian electric grids and critical electric networks against natural and weaponized electromagnetic interference and electromagnetic pulse.

Trent is a relentless advocate of Israel and served as Chairman of the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus and was heavily involved in advocating and securing support for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system as well as maintaining America’s partnership in building the David’s Sling (Stunner) intermediate interceptor and the Arrow 3 long-range interceptor to protect Israel from a nuclear armed enemy like Iran. This effort helped to improve America’s own missile defense capability.

Trent is also a past Member of the Arizona House of Representatives. While in the Arizona House, he served as Chairman of the House Sub-Committee on Child Protection and Family Preservation and Vice-Chairman of the House Commerce Committee. He was a high-profile sponsor of numerous bills designed to protect the family including the “Maternal and Fetal Health Bill”, the “Child Obscenity and Pornography Bill” (which survived major challenges in the U.S. Federal District Courts) and the “Dangerous Crimes Against Children Bill”; all of which became nationally recognized.

At 27 years old, while in the legislature, Trent received the “Conservative Leadership Award” For his “Conservative and Constitutional Legislative Voting Record”. Trent’s 98% rating was the highest in the Arizona Legislature at the time.
Because of his lifelong commitment to Children and Children’s issues, Trent Franks was later nominated “Children’s Champion” by Arizona State Legislators.

When he was 29 years old, Trent was appointed by Arizona’s 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. He was extensively involved in promoting conservative legislation to protect Arizona’s children in that office. He was also Chairman of the Arizona State Children’s Cabinet as well as Chairman of the Inter-Agency Study Committee on Children and AIDS.

Trent founded and 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 also past Chairman of the Children’s Hope Scholarship Foundation which was founded to promote and protect the landmark Scholarship Tax Credit legislation which Trent authored and became the principal proponent of its successful passage. It has now survived three different challenges in the United States Supreme Court and become one of the nation’s most important cutting-edge school choice initiatives. The Scholarship Tax Credit has now been used to fund, from private sources, more than three quarters of a million scholarships for mostly low-income children in 20 states to a school of their parent’s choice.

Trent has been married to his wife, Josephine, for 43 years. They have lived in the West Valley for nearly 40 years. They have been Members of North Phoenix Baptist Church for 41 years. Prior to the birth of their own very beloved children, Joshua and Emily, they worked as Sunday School teachers for the one and two-year-old children in the Preschool Department for nearly 22 years.

ARIZONA STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Trent is a past Member of the Arizona House of Representatives. While in the Arizona House, he served as Vice-Chairman of the House Commerce Committee and Chairman of the House Sub-Committee on Child Protection and Family Preservation. He was a high-profile sponsor of numerous bills designed to protect the family including the “Maternal and Fetal Health Bill”, the “Child Obscenity and Pornography Bill” (which survived major challenges in the U.S. Federal District Court) and the “Dangerous Crimes Against Children Bill”. All of which became nationally recognized.

Protecting America’s children and American national security have always been Trent’s top two priorities.
In January of 1987, Trent was appointed by Arizona’s 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. He was also Chairman of the Arizona State Children’s Cabinet as well as Chairman of the Inter-Agency Study Committee on Children and AIDS.

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.

Trent Franks is past Chairman of the Children’s Hope Scholarship Foundation which was founded to promote and protect the landmark Scholarship Tax Credit legislation which Trent wrote, and which has been upheld on three different occasions during the last 25 years in United States Supreme Court. The Scholarship Tax Credit has now been used to scholarship more than one half million mostly low-income children in America to a school of their parent’s choice.

Statement:

Trent’s priority goals in Congress are:

1. LIFE – Protect the Human Dignity and Constitutional Right of All Children Born and Unborn.
2. FAITH – Protect and Restore Religious Freedom for All Members of the Human Family.
3. FAMILY – Protect the Right of All Children to Have a Family and Protect the Right of Parents to Control the Education and Upbringing of Their Children.
4. FREEDOM – Protect America’s National Security and Our Critical Alliance with Israel
5. CONSTITUTION – Protect the United States Constitution by Affirming Its Timeless Truths and Principles in the Hearts of Americans and Influencing the Appointment and Confirmation of Jurors Who Are Committed to Its Original Intent and Purpose.
6. ENDING WOKE INSANITY – Protecting American Citizens from Lunatic, Left-Wing, Woke Marxism.
7. ERADICATING WEAPONIZATION OF GOVERNMENT – Expunging the Perpetrators and Programs That Weaponize Government and Make a Mockery of the Rule of Law.

Survey

Response Legend

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  • OOpposes
  • *Comment
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Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Securing the border by preventing all illegal crossings. S* “The criminal negligence of democrat presidents has strengthened and emboldened the insidious drug cartels, brought a fentanyl crisis to America, overwhelmed our social services, allowed dangerous enemies into this country, and has made the border crisis a national security emergency. As part of a new Republican Congress with Donald Trump in the White House again, WE WILL SECURE THIS BORDER.” –Congressman Trent Franks
2. Amending the Arizona State Constitution to grant a fundamental right to every individual to an abortion. O* “The solemn charge in the soul of each of us to protect the marginalized and helpless in human society transcends all political boundaries. Protecting the innocent and helpless of all ages and circumstances has been the preeminent commitment in my public life. That includes unborn babies and their mothers, and I will relentlessly work to protect them both as long as I live.”–Congressman Trent Franks
3. Appointing federal judges who will interpret the U.S. Constitution according to the framers’ original intent or text, rather than by evolving standards. S* "I worked very hard with significant success in Congress to protect United States Constitution by reaffirming its timeless truths and principles in the hearts of Americans in influencing the appointment and confirmation of jurors who are committed to its original intent and purpose. If returned to Congress, this will continue to be one of my very highest priorities."
4. Adding "sexual orientation," "gender identity," and "gender expression" to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law. O* "The woke lunatic left told us directly that they were “coming for our children.” They are keeping that insidious promise in every hellish way imaginable. They have turned government education into leftist and socialist indoctrination aimed at completely rewriting America’s future, and they have subjected our children to the brainwashing of gender and sexual confusion. What we teach our children determines the fate of America’s future. I have fought to protect children all of my adult life because I believe they are God’s most precious gifts on earth to us. That will never change so help me God.”
5. Allowing all parents to use tax credits and taxpayer funded empowerment scholarship accounts to enable their children to attend any private school, homeschool, or online academy of their choice. S* Trent Franks was the Author and leading proponent of the landmark Scholarship Tax Credit Bill in Arizona which survived three US Supreme Court challenges from the left and and help to provide a breakthrough for school choice in Arizona and America by giving hundreds of thousands of children the ability to attend schools of their parents’ choice."Protecting the right of parents to control the education and upbringing of their children was one of my top five priorities in Congress, and that will continue to be the case if I am returned to Congress." – Congressman Trent Franks
6. Amending the U.S. Constitution to require Congress to balance the federal budget every year. S* Congressman Trent Franks consistently sponsored and supported constitutional amendments to balance the federal budget in Congress and has never voted for a net tax increase on the American people in his entire public life."If we don't soon effectively deal with the $35 trillion deficit in this country, it may well be the central theme in America's economic obituary."
7. Using taxpayer funds to support any organization that performs, promotes, or provides referrals for abortion. O* Trent Franks has worked for nearly 40 years to defund Planned Parenthood and any organization that performs, promotes, or provides referrals for abortion. He has written specific amendments in the legislature and the Congress to do exactly that and is quoted in the Congress as saying: "The sands of time should blow over the capitol dome before we give Planned Parenthood one more dime of taxpayers money."
8. Interpreting the 2nd Amendment as protecting an individual’s right to keep and bear arms. S* "Criminals have always preferred unarmed victims. I strongly believe in the Second Amendment to the Constitution which guarantees law-abiding citizens the right to own and bear arms and have consistently voted accordingly in Congress. As a lifetime member of the NRA with the highest rating possible for consistently voting and advocating for the Second Amendment, this issue is not just about hunting or recreation. This is about a foundational constitutional right to own and bear arms for self-defense and the protection of our children and families." Congressman Trent Franks
9. Allowing individuals and businesses to not provide services or promote ideas that violate their moral or religious beliefs. S* As Co-Chairman of the International Religious Freedom Caucus in Congress, Trent Franks has always been deeply committed to protecting religious freedom for everyone, and he worked tirelessly to keep Democrats from repealing The Religious Freedom Restoration Act."I strongly believe that businesses have a right not to provide services or promote ideas that violate their conscience or religious beliefs and have consistently worked and voted accordingly in Congress."
10. Federalizing election law by removing state authority over elections. O* "The Constitution is explicitly clear that state legislatures have the authority over election laws. This was ignored in the 2020 election when states by judicial and executive fiat unconstitutionally changed election laws in swing states related to mail-in ballots and ballot trafficking. I am convinced that these two issues alone cost Donald Trump the presidency. I am hopeful the Supreme Court will soon prevent this kind of travesty from happening in the future." Congressman Trent Franks
11. Eliminating the filibuster rule requiring 60 votes in the U.S. Senate to move most legislation. −* This question is incomplete. There are essentially TWO legislative filibusters in the U.S. Senate. One is the traditional 60 vote precedent rule (not a standing rule of the Senate) to require 60 votes for final passage of most legislation. The second one which should be called "The Stealth Filibuster" is what is technically referred to as the motion to proceed to consider and is necessary to allow most legislation to the floor of the Senate. The first one prolongs debate, the second one prevents all debate. I strongly support removing the "stealth filibuster". Most conservatives are oblivious to how this works, but it empowers Democrats whether they are in control or out-of-control in the Senate to largely dictate appropriations and the budget. For persuasional reasons, it does not empower Republicans in the same way. This was also true of the 60 vote rule to confirm US Supreme Court Justices. If we had not changed that, the three nominees Donald Trump appointed would never have been confirmed, and Roe versus Wade might still be standing. I have written on this extensively in some of the largest newspapers in America. The bottom line is that Democrats, (in spite of what Senate leadership predicted) have every intention when they get in sufficient control to remove both filibusters and proceed to obliterate the Constitution and the country. Chuck Schumer tried to do exactly that and failed by two votes which were controlled by Senator Manchin and Senator Sinema. Both are now gone from the Senate. If Democrats regain control of the U.S. Senate, and find the necessary votes, they WILL do away with BOTH filibusters and do immeasurable damage to the country. It is folly to think left-wing Democrats will have a sudden epiphany of "fair play. " Conservatives must understand this at all costs and proceed accordingly.
12. Regulating or banning social media platforms that are owned or controlled by certain foreign governments. S* "I believe national security to be the most important purpose of the federal government. This should include wide latitude in regulating or banning social media platforms that are owned or controlled by any foreign government we consider antithetical to our national interest or security." Congressman Trent Franks