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Trent Franks Biography

Title:
Former US Representative (R-AZ)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“The greatest divisions in the United States have come on the heels of some errant court decision: the Civil War, Separate But Equal Education, Obscenity Rulings, Abortion, Taking God out of the classroom, Partial Birth Abortion, and most recently, the utter denial of God. The very rule of law is at stake if we continue to allow such judicial activism and law-breaking by those who would seek to impose their social policies on the rest of this nation by circumventing the legislative process through judicial feat. I commend my colleagues, for taking action today, to stop the court’s threat to the very underpinning that holds this nation together.”

Press Release, Sep. 23, 2004

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Republican Representative, United States House of Representatives, 2003-2017
  • Lawmaker of the Year, Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc., 2004
  • Former Representative, Arizona State House of Representatives
  • Former Executive Director, Arizona Family Research Institute
  • True Blue Award, Family Research Council
  • Legislative Achievement Award, Senior Coalition
  • Spirit of Enterprise Award, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Hero of the Taxpayer Award, America for Tax Reform
  • Presidential Citation, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Philippines
Education:
  • Attended, Ottawa University, 1989-1990
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Pledge of Allegiance Be Removed from the Jurisdiction of Federal Courts?