|U.S. Senator from Arizona|
From: January 3, 2013 -
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
|Former U.S. Representative from Arizona's 6th District|
From: January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2013
|Predecessor||J. D. Hayworth|
|Former U.S. Representative from Arizona's 1st District|
From: January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2003
|Religion||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints|
Jeffrey Lane Flake (born December 31, 1962) is a Republican United States Senator from Arizona, winning election to the Senate in 2012, after serving as a United States Representative from 2001 until 2013. He is a member of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons). He has one of the most consistently fiscally conservative voting records of any Congressman, being one of only eight Representatives to receive a 100% rating from the American Conservative Union in 2006. 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.
Flake stated in 2017 that he regretted opposing the Wall Street bank bailouts in 2008 that conservatives opposed.
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.
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.
Some conservatives have given Flake the nickname of "Sanctuary Senator" for his liberal immigration policies.
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. 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."
- Sullivan, Sean. "Democrats seek Rep. Flake probe", Washington Post, November 6, 2012, p. A4.
- Moran, Sean (August 2, 2017). Sen. Jeff Flake Regrets Voting Against Wall Street Bank Bailouts. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
- Munro, Neil (August 7, 2017). Sen. Flake: ‘I’d … Divert the Border Patrol Away From our Workers’. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
- Lee, Tony (August 2, 2017). Jeff Flake Praises Jeb’s ‘Act of Love’ Remarks About Illegals. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
- Lee, Tony (August 7, 2017). Jeff Flake: GOP Should Embrace Pro-Amnesty ‘Autopsy’ Report. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
- Chaitin, Daniel (August 25, 2017). Jeff Flake not a fan of Trump's pardon of Joe Arpaio. Washington Examiner. Retrieved August 25, 2017.
- Moons, Michelle (July 17, 2017). ‘Sanctuary Senator’ Website Targets Jeff Flake’s Immigration Record. Breitbart News. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
- Persons, Sally (August 3, 2017). Jeff Flake: Senate’s immigration proposal would be bad for the economy. The Washington Times. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
- Flake Statement on RAISE Act (Aug 2, 2017). Retrieved on August 8, 2018.