Jeff Flake

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Jeff Flake
U.S. Senator from Arizona
From: January 3, 2013 -
Predecessor Jon Kyl
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
Former U.S. Representative from Arizona's 6th District
From: January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2013
Predecessor J. D. Hayworth
Successor David Schweikert
Former U.S. Representative from Arizona's 1st District
From: January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2003
Predecessor Matt Salmon
Successor Rick Renzi
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Cheryl Flake
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Jeffrey Lane Flake (born December 31, 1962) is a retiring Republican United States Senator from Arizona, winning election to the Senate in 2012, after serving as a United States Representative from 2001 until 2013. After repeatedly opposing Donald Trump throughout the presidential campaign and even after he was elected president, Flake became unelectable and at an age of only 54 Flake announced his retirement from the U.S. Senate rather than lose in a landslide for re-election. Flake did not vote for Trump in the 2016 election[1][2] and indicated that he would prefer to see left-wing Democrat Hillary Clinton as president over Trump, a right-wing conservative.[3]

Flake courted support by the Koch brothers who, like Flake, are very anti-Trump. However, apparently the Kochs decided to cut their own losses by declining to fund futile efforts to reelect Flake.

He is a member of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons). He has been pro-immigration. Early in his career, before shifting to the political Left, he was conservative on other issues, as one of only eight Representatives in 2006 to receive a 100% rating from the American Conservative Union.[4] He is especially outspoken regarding the burden of earmarks on the taxpaying public. However, he has broken from many in his party on the issue of the Iraq War. In 2012, Jeff Flake was elected to the Senate seat of Jon Kyl.

When Flake first campaigned for Congress, he promised to limit himself to only serving three terms (six years). In early 2005, Flake announced that he was no longer going to retire after three terms and announced that he would seek re-election in 2006. Flake was re-elected in 2006 after his Democratic opponent was struck from the ballot for failure to have sufficient valid signatures on his nominating petition.

RINO positions

Flake takes numerous positions which qualify him as a RINO. These positions include his support for homosexuals serving in the military and giving amnesty to illegal immigrants.[5] Flake stated in 2017 that he regretted opposing the Wall Street bank bailouts in 2008 that conservatives opposed.[6]

Even after liberal Democrat Barack Obama left office in 2017, Flake continued to keep in touch with him.[7]

Illegal immigration

Flake has been supportive of illegal immigration, along with foreign workers, and has favored them over American workers in numerous occasions in his political career.[8]

Flake grew up on a small family farm that employed illegal aliens. After immigration raids, Flake's parents rehired workers after they were deported and re-entered illegally, and they tried to stop the agents from deporting their illegal employees in the first place. However, all of this happened before 1986, when hiring illegal aliens became illegal.[9]

Flake has criticized Donald Trump for his national conservative positions and praised Jeb Bush for his support for amnesty for illegal aliens.[10]

Flake stated that the GOP should follow the Republican National Committee's autopsy report that was adopted after Mitt Romney's 2012 election defeat saying that the party must adopt pro-illegal immigration and amnesty positions, even after Donald Trump was elected after taking the opposite route.[11]

Flake did not comment favorably on President Trump's pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.[12]

Some conservatives have given Flake the nickname of "Sanctuary Senator" for his liberal immigration policies.[13]

Legal immigration

On August 2, 2017, Flake announced his opposition to the RAISE Act, which intends to reduce legal immigration levels and reform the U.S.'s immigration system to a merit-based system.[14] As his reasoning, Flake's Senate office stated that "We need to make sure we are responsive to the needs of our economy and I’m concerned that drastic cuts to the number of immigrants fails to meet that goal."[15]

Gun control

Flake supports raising the minimum age under federal law for buying rifles.[16] In 2018, Flake partnered with liberal California Senator Dianne Feinstein to push for additional gun control on assault rifles.[17]

Political endorsements

In November 2017, Flake endorsed Democrat Doug Jones, who takes very left-wing positions (even by national standards) on issues such as abortion, homosexuality, religious liberty, and gun control, over conservative Judge Roy Moore for Alabama Senator.[18] On December 5, 2017, Flake even wrote a check to the left-wing Democrat.[19] Even Ben Sasse, another opponent of Moore and "Never Trumper", noted that Flake's donation was "a bad idea" due to the Democrat's extreme positions on abortion.[20]

See also


  1. Manchester, Julia (October 25, 2017). Flake: ‘I didn’t vote for this president last November’. The Hill. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  2. Poor, Jeff (October 25, 2017). Flake: ‘I Didn’t Vote for This President Last November’. Breitbart News. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  3. Giaritelli, Anna (October 25, 2017). Jeff Flake dodges when asked if he wishes Hillary Clinton were president. Washington Examiner. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  6. Moran, Sean (August 2, 2017). Sen. Jeff Flake Regrets Voting Against Wall Street Bank Bailouts. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  7. Chaitin, Daniel (March 3, 2018). Jeff Flake says he and Obama keep in touch. Washington Examiner. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  8. Binder, John (October 24, 2017). 15 Times Jeff Flake Represented Illegal Aliens, Foreign Workers Instead of Americans. Breitbart News. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  9. Munro, Neil (August 7, 2017). Sen. Flake: ‘I’d … Divert the Border Patrol Away From our Workers’. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  10. Lee, Tony (August 2, 2017). Jeff Flake Praises Jeb’s ‘Act of Love’ Remarks About Illegals. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  11. Lee, Tony (August 7, 2017). Jeff Flake: GOP Should Embrace Pro-Amnesty ‘Autopsy’ Report. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  12. Chaitin, Daniel (August 25, 2017). Jeff Flake not a fan of Trump's pardon of Joe Arpaio. Washington Examiner. Retrieved August 25, 2017.
  13. Moons, Michelle (July 17, 2017). ‘Sanctuary Senator’ Website Targets Jeff Flake’s Immigration Record. Breitbart News. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  14. Persons, Sally (August 3, 2017). Jeff Flake: Senate’s immigration proposal would be bad for the economy. The Washington Times. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  15. Flake Statement on RAISE Act (Aug 2, 2017). Retrieved on August 8, 2018.
  16. Carney, Jordain (February 21, 2018). Flake backs bill increasing age for rifle purchases. The Hill. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  17. Hawkins, Awr (March 1, 2018). Jeff Flake Partners with Dianne Feinstein for More ‘Assault Weapons’ Gun Control. Breitbart News. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
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