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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Letters: Analyzing Trump’s ‘Treason’ Accusation
NYTimes - 14 days
Readers suggest a motive for the remark about Democrats and praise Senator Jeff Flake for his rebuke.
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Jeff Flake Says Trump's Accusations of Treason Were 'Unconscionable'
Wall Street Journal - 14 days
Sen. Jeff Flake, the Senate’s most outspoken Republican critic of President Donald Trump, on Tuesday said the president was wrong to accuse Democratic lawmakers of treason for not applauding at his State of the Union speech and that Republicans were wrong not to challenge the remarks.
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Some Republicans don't like Trump's attacks on the press. So what are they doing besides talking about it?
LATimes - about 1 month
To the editor: Thanks to Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) for doing the right thing and calling out President Trump for his abhorrent behavior, including his “fake news” awards and other attacks on the free press. (“As Trump announces ‘Fake News Awards,’ GOP senators assail his attacks on the press as...
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VERBATIM: Sen. Flake compares Trump to Stalin - about 1 month
Arizona Senator Jeff Flake compares President Donald Trump's rhetoric to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, and blasts the president for his attacks on 'the free press.'
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Can Jeff Flake turn the tide in the Republican war on the media?
Yahoo News - about 1 month
President Trump has waged war on the media, to the delight of his base and with the unspoken – or explicit – support of his party. Now, on the floor of the Senate, one Republican, Jeff Flake of Arizona, has denounced Trump for labeling the press “the enemy of the people,” a phrase also used by Stalin. Will it change anything?
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Sen. Jeff Flake isn't just comparing Trump to Stalin. He's comparing Republicans to Stalin's enablers.
Chicago Times - about 1 month
A sitting U.S. senator plans to give a speech this week comparing the president of his own party to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. That in itself is remarkable. "It is a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own president uses words infamously spoken by Joseph Stalin to describe...
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In planned speech, Sen. Jeff Flake compares Trump's media attacks to comments by Stalin
Chicago Times - about 1 month
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., plans to give a speech in the coming days that compares President Donald Trump's public criticism of the news media to similar comments once made by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. A spokesman said that Flake, who will retire after this year amid intense political pressure...
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WATCH: Flake says Trump's attacks on media comparable to Soviet Union Dictator Stalin
ABC News - about 1 month
Sen. Jeff Flake, one of President Trump's fiercest Republican critics, responds to President Trump's attacks on the media on "This Week."
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Are Republicans underestimating the support for Trump?
Fox News - about 2 months
Jeff Flake says the president is inviting a GOP challenger in 2020.
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Flake leaves the door open for 2020 presidential run
CNN - about 2 months
Sen. Jeff Flake says he isn't ruling out a 2020 presidential run following his term in the Senate.
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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.
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  • 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).
    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.
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  • 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.
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    Flake introduced a Senate companion bill, S.2503 – Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2014, on June 19, 2014.
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    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.
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    Flake and McCain warned the EPA administrator about their concerns earlier in the year, via a letter sent on May 6, 2014.
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    In February 2014, Flake, along with Senator Pat Roberts, introduced the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act.
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  • 2013
    Age 50
    On July 16, 2013, Flake introduced the Stewardship Contracting Reauthorization and Improvement Act (S. 1300).
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    However, when the vote occurred on November 7, Flake cast his vote in favor of the 2013 version of ENDA.
    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.
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    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.
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    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.
    Flake replaced retiring Republican U.S. Senator Jon Kyl on January 3, 2013.
  • 2012
    Age 49
    Flake defeated Democratic Richard Carmona 49%–46% on November 6, 2012.
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    In an October 2012 poll by Public Policy Polling, Flake was trailing Carmona by two points.
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    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.
  • 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.
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    On February 10, 2011, Flake again voted to renew key provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act.
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    On February 8, 2011, Flake voted to renew key provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
    Flake was first elected to what was then in 2000, after Republican incumbent Matt Salmon stepped down to honor a self-imposed term limit.
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    Flake was elected to the United States House of Representatives from Arizona in 2000 for the state's.
  • 1962
    Born on December 31, 1962.
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