Jeff Flake
American politician
Jeff Flake
Jeffry Lane "Jeff" Flake is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from Arizona. He served as a U.S. Representative for Arizona from 2001–2013, representing (initially). He is a member of the Republican Party. Flake was featured in the documentary series How Democracy Works Now: Twelve Stories. Flake was the 2012 Republican nominee to represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate.
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GOP senator on Trump campaign advisers, Russia
CNN - 4 days
Senator Jeff Flake (R) tells Jake Tapper that if true, report that Trump advisers' were in constant contact with Russia 'concerning.'
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More Republicans And Democrats Sign On To Bill To Protect Dreamers From Trump
Huffington Post - about 1 month
WASHINGTON ― With eight days to go before President-elect Donald Trump gets his chance to revoke protections from hundreds of thousands of undocumented young people, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is relaunching their effort to keep those so-called Dreamers safe. On Thursday, seven Republicans and eight Democrats signed on to a bill in the Senate and House to effectively maintain the work permits and deportation reprieve created by President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which Trump has promised to destroy. The bill, called the Bridge Act, was initially introduced in the Senate in December by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), with three co-sponsors. It was reintroduced in the Senate for the new Congress, and in the House for the first time, with more co-sponsors now but still far from enough to ensure success or even a vote on Republican-controlled Capitol Hill. But it could be the best chance Dreamers have ...
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More Republicans And Democrats Sign On To Bill To Protect Dreamers From Trump
Huffington Post - about 1 month
WASHINGTON ― With eight days to go before President-elect Donald Trump gets his chance to revoke protections from hundreds of thousands of undocumented young people, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is relaunching their effort to keep those so-called Dreamers safe. On Thursday, seven Republicans and eight Democrats signed on to a bill in the Senate and House to effectively maintain the work permits and deportation reprieve created by President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which Trump has promised to destroy. The bill, called the Bridge Act, was initially introduced in the Senate in December by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), with three co-sponsors. It was reintroduced in the Senate for the new Congress, and in the House for the first time, with more co-sponsors now but still far from enough to ensure success or even a vote on Republican-controlled Capitol Hill. But it could be the best chance Dreamers have ...
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Democrats Look At The 2018 Map And Get Ready To Fight For The Filibuster
Huffington Post - about 2 months
The outcome of the 2016 election shocked and worried Democrats across the country. Unfortunately for them, there may be worse to come in the 2018 midterm elections. In less than two years, 33 Senate seats will be up for grabs. Senate Democrats, armed with the filibuster, are the last line of defense against incoming President Donald Trump and the congressional Republican agenda. That means the electoral stakes are high in 2018, and Democrats must fight to keep up their numbers. The picture looks reasonably sunny for Republicans, who have only eight Senate seats on the ballot next year. Six of them (Mississippi, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming) are likely safe for the GOP. Democrats, on the other hand, have 23 Senate seats to defend ― 25 if you count the independents who caucus with the Democrats. A dozen of those seats are likely safe in the Democrats’ camp. They’ll probably hold onto seven seats in the Northeast ― Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Ne ...
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Sen. Flake Aims To Work With Trump On A Fix To Obamacare
NPR - 3 months
One of Donald Trump's greatest critics has been Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona. Flake's job now is to help President-elect Trump fulfill his agenda in a GOP-led House and Senate.
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GOP senator, a Trump critic, weighs in on Steve Bannon, Cabinet picks
CBS News - 3 months
Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona comments on Steve Bannon as a top White House strategist, Rudy Giuliani as a possible secretary of state
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10 Things We All Can Do to Save America: PART #1
Huffington Post - 3 months
At first, grief and shock. Then rage. Now action. Too many of us will vent angrily for weeks, perhaps till New Years eve, and then go back to car pools, work, kids soccer games, charitable volunteerism, yoga, book clubs, "raising heirloom tomatoes, meditating, reading Jane Austen, traveling around the country, [and] tasting artisan beers". This OpEd series is devoted to those of us who are ready to stand and fight for our future, not just throw up our hands in despair and then go for long meditative walks while the world crumbles. We must be prepared to act now, and tomorrow, and the day after that. Because this battle will take years. Like yoga and broccoli, defending America and the future of the world must now be our daily practice. Action One: RETAKE THE SENATE IN 2018. Our first real chance to stop Trump politically is the midterm Senate elections. If we take back the Senate in 2018, we can block most of Trump's legislative agenda, including all-important Supreme C ...
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Sen. Jeff Flake Says He Might Write In Evan McMullin
abc News - 4 months
Flake has ruled out supporting Trump and Clinton.
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Flake jokes Trump will throw him in Gitmo
CNN - 5 months
GOP Sen. Jeff Flake thinks he'll have a new place to call home if Donald Trump wins the presidency.
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Trump 3.0: Pivoting In Quicksand
Huffington Post - 6 months
As most Americans enjoyed Labor Day, Donald Trump found himself staring into the political abyss. Imagine his surprise and disappointment. The new Donald was pivoting! He had a message - Hillary Clinton is bad. His new campaign manager gave him new words to read from a Teleprompter. He was the candidate of change - any change. He was reaching out to black people to impress white people. He might even allow a few undocumented immigrants to linger- though maybe not. And after 14 months of lying, some polls even said that he was still more "trusted"than Clinton - though not so much. Why am I still behind, Trump must wonder, when those emails are sticking to Hillary's shoes like chewing gum. Sometimes she even stepped in it herself. What did she think Colin Powell was going to say - that he begged her to use a private server? And so what if none of the emails actually show political corruption? Millions of Americans believed him when he called the Clinton Foundation "the most corrup ...
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37 Times Donald Trump Should Have Apologized
Huffington Post - 6 months
Yesterday, Donald Trump read the following off a teleprompter in Charlotte, North Carolina: Sometimes, in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don't choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that, and I regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain. It's a clever line. Hats off to Donald's speechwriter. But that's all it is: a line from a teleprompter. For most of us, an apology involves looking someone in the eye and taking responsibility for what you did. But Trump didn't even bother to tell us what he regrets saying or who he regrets hurting over the past year. Here's the truth: over the past year, Donald Trump has tried to insult and bully his way to the White House. He has fabricated lies and invented bizarre conspiracy theories to stoke racial animus and divide the American people. He repeatedly made racist remarks about a federal judge's heritage and attacked a Gold Star family because of their faith. He ...
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Arizona senator: Trump must "take more responsible positions" - 7 months
Republican Senator Jeff Flake says Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump can’t expect to win Arizona because he "needlessly" offends minorities. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jeff Flake
  • 2016
    Age 53
    In March 2016, Flake said that Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Antonin Scalia, should not be confirmed unless Hillary Clinton wins the 2016 presidential election.
    More Details Hide Details He argued that should Clinton win, Garland should be confirmed in the Senate's lame-duck session because he is less liberal than any nominee Clinton might put forward. After meeting with Garland in April, Flake reiterated this position, saying that confirmation hearings on Garland's nomination should not be taken up until after the election, so that the American people can choose the next president, unless Clinton wins, in which case, "we ought to approve him quickly." On December 2, 2014, the Senate passed the Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Act. The bill would put an end to a fight over water rights in the Bill Williams River Watershed in Arizona. Flake introduced the Senate version of the bill along with Senator John McCain. The bill also helps the Hualapai Native American tribe, which uses water from the watershed. If the bill is signed by President Obama, it would put a limit on the amount of water that a local mining company can use, and it would give legal recognition to the tribe's rights to the water source.
  • 2015
    Age 52
    In January 2015, Flake re-introduced the Immigration Innovation Act ("I-Squared"), a bill first introduced in 2013, co-sponsoring with Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Chris Coons (D-DE).
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    In 2015, Flake and Senator John McCain published a report detailing what they called "paid patriotism" by the U.S. Department of Defense for using soldiers, military equipment and resources at professional sports events in the United States.
    More Details Hide Details The report gave evidence that taxpayer-funded patriotic displays extended not only to the NFL but also to Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer.
  • 2014
    Age 51
    Flake supported President Barack Obama's 2014 decision to begin the process of normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba, despite opposition to the policy change from other Republican senators.
    More Details Hide Details Flake joined Democrats Chris Van Hollen and Patrick Leahy on a trip to Cuba to return Alan Gross to the United States. Gross, an American aid worker, had been imprisoned in Cuba for five years, but was released as part of the agreement between Obama and Cuban leader Raúl Castro. Flake believes that the United States embargo against Cuba is flawed, stating, "The policy that we've had in place for the past 50 years has done more in my view … to keep the Castro regimes in power than anything we could've done." Flake has traveled to Cuba nine times and supports loosening restrictions on Americans traveling to Cuba. Flake used his experience surviving in the wild for six days with a Democratic Senator to develop an idea to end partisan gridlock in Washington. Flake and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) were featured on a Discovery Channel reality TV show, Rival Survival, where the two stayed on a small Micronesian island for six days.
    Flake introduced a Senate companion bill, S.2503 – Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2014, on June 19, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details On July 9, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held a hearing on the bill. On December 8, the House bill was presented to President Obama for his signature. The bill had unanimous approval by both houses of Congress. At a House hearing on the bill in September 2014, in which both the Hualapai Tribe and Freeport Minerals company testified, both the tribe and the company agreed that the bill would provide each, and other interests, with benefits. The settlement would guarantee water rights for the tribe; provide water for Freeport's mine in Bagdad, Arizona; and give the state of Arizona rights to a property area that would be used for a conservation program for several species. The Arizona Chamber of Commerce supported the legislation, saying, "The settlement of water rights claims is a priority in our state in order to provide clarity and long-term certainty to all water users across Arizona."
    When in November 2014, President Obama announced on TV that he would use his executive powers to allow some undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States, Flake said that the best response would be not to shut down the government, but to pass a bill that addresses immigration problems.
    More Details Hide Details As for Obama's executive plan, Flake said that he opposed it. Flake opposed using a government funding bill to stop President Obama's executive action, but Flake also said that he believed that both parties' strategies would make it more difficult to pass immigration reform legislation. Flake has publicly said that he believes that the reason so many children in recent years have come across the U.S. border illegally without parents is because parents believe their children will be able to stay in the United States if they do so. Flake has said that the Republican Party needs to take a rational approach to solving immigration problems, and if it does not, the party will have a difficult time winning national elections. Flake said that Jeb Bush's support of an immigration system reform makes Bush more electable in a general election. Flake supported Jeb Bush's remarks about immigration being an act of love, and said, "Growing up here in Arizona, I've seen what motivates those who come here illegally. Sure, some come with the intent to do harm or simply to take advantage of our generosity. But many come to find work to feed their families. To lump everyone who crosses the border illegally into the same class is unfair and unproductive."
    Flake and McCain warned the EPA administrator about their concerns earlier in the year, via a letter sent on May 6, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details An editorial published by the Arizona Republic said that the EPA rule would have the effect of requiring the CAP Canal to treat drinking water twice, which would increase costs to Arizona residents. The editorial claims that the canal, and all water sources that go to people's homes, already has to meet Safe Drinking Water Act regulations. Flake was a member of a group of eight senators, who were from both the Democratic and Republican parties, that sponsored an immigration overhaul bill. In 2013, the Senate passed the bill with 68 votes. Flake described why he believed that it had been possible to create a bipartisan group of senators to address immigration problems. He said: "Pretty quickly we determined that everybody around that table wanted to do this. We weren't looking to score political points."
    In February 2014, Flake, along with Senator Pat Roberts, introduced the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act.
    More Details Hide Details The bill would prohibit the IRS from passing a new rule that would limit non-profit groups' participation in the political process.
  • 2013
    Age 50
    On July 16, 2013, Flake introduced the Stewardship Contracting Reauthorization and Improvement Act (S. 1300).
    More Details Hide Details The bill would give the federal government more authority to enter into agreements known as "forest stewardship contracts." The goal, according to Flake, is to reduce the risk of forest wildfires. In December 2013, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources recommended, by a voice vote, that the Senate pass the legislation.
    However, when the vote occurred on November 7, Flake cast his vote in favor of the 2013 version of ENDA.
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    Since his no vote, Flake has seen his approval rating fall from 45%–43% to 32%–51% according to one poll, making him the most unpopular senator in America as of April 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Flake's comment that the "beauty of a 6-year term" would help him avoid the potential political repercussions of his vote was widely derided and seen as a contributing factor behind his drop in popularity. Although he voted in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in 2007, which would have banned discrimination based on sexual orientation, Flake said he had concerns with the 2013 version, which includes both sexual orientation and gender identity.
    On April 17, 2013, Flake joined 45 other senators in voting against the Manchin-Toomey Amendment, which would have required background checks on all commercial gun sales.
    More Details Hide Details Following the vote, Flake was criticized for changing his position on background checks. Just days before the vote, he had sent the mother of one of the Colorado theater shooting victims a hand-written letter stating that "strengthening background checks is something we agree on." In response to a question asking whether he was worried about potential political consequences vowed by gun-control groups, Flake replied, "That's the beauty of a 6-year term. I truly want to do something on this, but what has been a little upsetting is to hear people try to maintain that we were just caving to pressure, discounting any issues that we had with the legislation, with the language. That's just not right."
    In March 2013, he joined with Senators Lindsey Graham, Mark Begich and Mark Pryor in introducing a bill that would close a loophole by flagging individuals who attempt to buy guns who have used an insanity defense, were ruled dangerous by a court, or had been committed by a court to mental health treatment.
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    Flake replaced retiring Republican U.S. Senator Jon Kyl on January 3, 2013.
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  • 2012
    Age 49
    Flake defeated Democratic Richard Carmona 49%–46% on November 6, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details He won mainly on the strength of carrying Maricopa County, home to Phoenix and 60 percent of the state's population, by 77,200 votes, more than the overall margin of 67,900 votes. He also benefited from Mitt Romney carrying the state by 10 points in the presidential election.
    In an October 2012 poll by Public Policy Polling, Flake was trailing Carmona by two points.
    More Details Hide Details After the race tightened, the Wall Street Journal criticized a controversial Flake ad that accused Carmona of having "issues with anger, with ethics, and with women." Flake was endorsed by the Casa Grande Dispatch, the United States Chamber of Commerce, and the Club for Growth.
    He faced former surgeon general Richard Carmona, who sought office for the first time in the general election. In May 2012, Flake led Carmona by 13 points in the polls.
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  • 2011
    Age 48
    In February 2011, Flake announced that he was running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Flake easily won the Republican nomination against real estate businessman Wil Cardon.
    On February 10, 2011, Flake again voted to renew key provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act.
    More Details Hide Details This vote succeeded. He served on the Liberty Committee (sometimes called the Liberty Caucus), a group of libertarian-leaning Republican congressmen. He is also a member of the Republican Study Committee.
    On February 8, 2011, Flake voted to renew key provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act.
    More Details Hide Details The vote failed.
  • 2010
    Age 47
    In December 2010, Flake was one of fifteen Republican House members to vote in favor of repealing the United States military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on openly gay service members.
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  • 2008
    Age 45
    Flake supports ending the Cuba Trade Embargo and otherwise normalizing relations with Cuba.;Social issues In October 2008, Esquire named Congressman Flake one of the Ten Best Members of Congress saying in part, "A true conservative, Flake is as rare as the dodo.
    More Details Hide Details Republicans should learn from him, and liberals and libertarians will find in him a strong privacy-rights ally." Flake is pro-life, as demonstrated by his 100% rating from the National Right to Life Committee. In 2007, Flake voted in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) which would have banned discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
    At a 2008 congressional hearing featuring General David Petraeus, Flake said, "I still have a hard time seeing the big picture and what constitutes success Iraq.
    More Details Hide Details That's not just one side of the aisle with those kind of concerns. Many on this side of the aisle have that as well."
  • 2007
    Age 44
    In 2007, Flake was removed from the House Judiciary Committee by Speaker of the House John Boehner for "bad behavior", which Boehner said was criticism of party leaders, though Flake himself attributed it to his support of comprehensive immigration reform.
    More Details Hide Details In 2009, Flake introduced the Stopping Trained in America PhDs From Leaving the Economy (STAPLE) Act (H.R. 1791). The bill would have authorized students who earned a Ph.D. in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics from U.S. universities to be admitted for permanent residence and to be exempted from the numerical limits on H-1B nonimmigrants. The bill was reintroduced in 2011 and was referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement in February of that year. Some of Flake's work toward immigration reform in the mid-2000s was documented in the series How Democracy Works Now: Twelve Stories. In 2010, Flake voted against the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, which failed in the Senate. In late October 2012, Flake stated that he may support it in the future. In January 2013, Flake became a member of a bi-partisan group of eight Senators (The "Gang of Eight"), which drafted an immigration reform (CIR) bill.
    Immigration In 2007, Flake introduced legislation that would have provided a path to legalization for illegal immigrants, granted temporary legal status to illegal immigrants who paid a fine and passed background checks, and created a guest worker program.
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  • 2006
    Age 43
    In the 2006 mid-term elections, Flake had no Democratic Party opponent and easily defeated the Libertarian Party candidate, Jason Blair, with 74% of the vote.
    More Details Hide Details Spending Flake is a fiscal conservative. He is a critic of government waste and advocates reducing federal spending. He was described by columnist Robert Novak as an "insistent reformer". He is a signer of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and one of eight House members to receive a 100% approval rating from the American Conservative Union. In 2008, Flake voted against the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). A "scourge of pork-barrel spending", Flake was ruled the least profligate spender in Congress by Citizens Against Government Waste in July 2007 and designated a "taxpayer superhero." In September 2010, Flake introduced a series of press releases under the title "So Just How Broke Are We?", in which explains the size of the national debt ($13 trillion) in terms of recent events, followed by a pun. As an example, noting that the cheapest 2010 World Series ticket on at AT&T Park was $425, it would take 30.6 billion tickets sold to pay down the debt, whereupon he remarked, "Looks like the voters are about to bring in some (debt) relievers."
  • 2005
    Age 42
    Shortly after being elected for a third time, Flake announced in early 2005 that he had changed his mind on pledging term limits and was planning to run for re-election in 2006. "It was a mistake to limit my own terms," Flake said.
    More Details Hide Details Flake easily defeated his primary challenger. In that same election, three out of five mayors in his home district opposed his re-election because, according to Flake, he did not "bring pork barrel spending" to the mayors' cities. In 2006, several Democrats had announced their intention to run for the seat; however, only one met the June filing deadline, and that particular filing was rejected due to an insufficient number of nominating signatures. "I did expect to have a primary opponent. I deserve one," Flake said, referring to the term-limit pledge which he had broken. "By all rights, I ought to have an opponent. I just got lucky, I guess."
  • 2004
    Age 41
    Flake had voted to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage with a Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004 and 2006.
    More Details Hide Details As a senator, Flake was one of 10 Senate Republicans to vote, once more, in favor of ENDA. USA Patriot Act During the 2005 debate on renewal of the expiring provisions of the Patriot Act, Jeff Flake successfully submitted several amendments to the bill in the House of Representatives. One required the FBI director to personally sign off on any request for library and bookstore records before applying to the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, but it was altered in the United States Senate version of the bill. Two of his amendments were signed into law and they subjected any National Security Letter and its gag order to a judicial challenge by the recipient, and narrowed the scope of "Sneak and Peek" warrants to have definite time limits on their duration and extensions before they need to notify the target of the investigation. Before that, "Sneak and Peek" warrants could be extended by the standard of not "unduly delaying trial" without any defined time limitation. This amended bill was titled the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 and it was signed into law on March 9, 2006. This bill also required three Inspector General investigations that led to the discovery of exigent letters and National Security Letter abuses.
  • 2001
    Age 38
    He was redistricted to the during his first term and was re-elected six times, serving from 2001 to 2013 and assigned to the Committee on Appropriations.
    More Details Hide Details Flake declined to seek re-election to the House in 2012, instead running for the U.S. Senate. He defeated three challengers in the Republican primary and, after a close race, beat Democrat Richard Carmona, the former Surgeon General of the United States, in the general election by 49.2% to 46.2%. Flake was sworn-in in January 2013 and serves on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the Committee on Foreign Relations, the Committee on the Judiciary and the Special Committee on Aging. Flake was born in Snowflake, Arizona, the son of Nerita (née Hock) and Dean Maeser Flake. His birth town was named in part for his great-great-grandfather, Mormon pioneer William J. Flake. Flake obtained a B.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in Political Science from Brigham Young University. He also worked as a Mormon missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to South Africa in the early 1980s. He speaks Afrikaans. He worked in the public affairs sector after college and served as Executive Director of the Foundation for Democracy in Namibia and Executive Director of the Goldwater Institute before entering the House of Representatives. He opposed economic sanctions on South Africa in the 1980s, arguing that sanctions would harm the black population who were already suffering under Apartheid policies.
  • 2000
    Age 37
    In his campaign in 2000, Flake had pledged to serve no more than three terms in Congress which would see him serve no later than January 2007.
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    Flake was first elected to what was then in 2000, after Republican incumbent Matt Salmon stepped down to honor a self-imposed term limit.
    More Details Hide Details The district, which included most of the East Valley, was then renumbered to the 6th district as Arizona gained two Congressional seats due to the results of the 2000 census.
    Flake was elected to the United States House of Representatives from Arizona in 2000 for the state's.
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  • 1962
    Born on December 31, 1962.
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