Jeff Flake

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Jeff Flake




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Jeffrey Flake, a Republican, has represented the 6th District of Arizona in the U. S. House of Representatives, since 2001.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Flake voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Transparency legislation

On January 31, 2006, Flake and Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) introduced House Resolution 647, which was referred to the Committee on Rules where no action was taken. The resolution would require the Clerk of the House to post on the Internet for public review all travel disclosure reports submitted by Members, officers, and employees of the House.

Rep. Flake introduced House Resolution 728 on March 15, 2006. It was referred to the Committee on Rules where no action was taken. The bill contained the following:

  • Establish new rules for pre-approval of privately funded congressional travel.
  • Require the Clerk of the House to post all private travel reports and advance authorizations on the internet, not later than 10 days after receipt, in a searchable database.
Main article: Transparency & Disclosure Legislation (109th Congress)

Term-limit pledge

Flake pledged to serve no more than three terms in Congress during his initial campaign in 2000. He broke the pledge, however, when he opted to seek a fourth term in 2006. [1]

Main article: term limits

Pays wife for campaign work

In October 2006, the Sunlight Foundation, a Washington-based non-profit organization which advocates better transparency in government, reported that Flake’s campaign committee paid his wife $15,750 for fundraising and administrative work during 2005-2006. [2]


On March 22, 2007, Flake and Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) introduced a comprehensive bill similar to the McCain-Kennedy proposal passed in the Senate in 2006, called the Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy (STRIVE) Act of 2007 (H.R.1645). The bill called for a more expansive “guest-worker” program, something heavily advocated by President George W. Bush. [2]

Main article: STRIVE Act of 2007


Flake was born December 31, 1962 in Snowflake, Arizona (named for his great-great-grandfather). He was educated at Brigham Young University and was a Mormon missionary in Africa, Executive Director of the Foundation for Democracy in Namibia, and Executive Director of the Goldwater Institute before entering the House.[3]

He was elected to what was then the 1st District in 2000 after incumbent Republican Matt Salmon stepped down to honor a self-imposed term limit. His district was renumbered the 6th after Arizona gained two seats in the 2000 census.

Jeff Flake is known as one of the most libertarian of the Republicans in the House, often among a small handful of Republicans joining Ron Paul in casting 'no' votes on bills which are supported by most of his party. For this reason, some conservative activists have given Flake the Republican In Name Only (RINO) label [4], while others consider him one of the most consistently conservative members of the House and strongly support him. Which perspective one has on Flake may ultimately depend on which issues one considers most important.

Flake has voted against No Child Left Behind and the Homeland Security Act, while joining John McCain and Jim Kolbe in sponsoring bills to increase legal immigration and establish a guest worker program. He has expressed interest in abolishing the U.S. Department of Education.

Flake initially supported the Patriot Act and the Iraq War, but more recently has changed his position to one of cautious opposition, including voting against appropriations for both. He also supports ending the Cuba Trade Embargo, and has been a strong - if somewhat lonely - proponent of reform in the House, particularly in the wake of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's ethical and fundraising controversies. He co-authored a letter with Congressman Charlie Bass of New Hampshire which called for DeLay to step down--a factor in DeLay's decision not to retake his post once his legal troubles end. Flake also upset his party members on June 14, 2006 when he attempted to rid earmarks to their specific districts in a bill funding transportation and housing programs.[5] His departures from the Republican line on some issues earned him a closely watched primary challenge in 2004 from within his own party, although he easily defeated his challenger.

On June 14, 2006, Flake introduced 12 amendments to the Transportation, Treasury, and HUD Appropriations bill in an effort to remove the earmarks of several congressmen, including Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.). On June 19, however, each of Flake's ammendments were defeated.[6]

On June 20, Flake escalated his anti-earmark efforts by attempting to strip a request by House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) out of a defense appropriations bill. If adopted, the amendment would have cut a $2.5 million provision intended for the Illinois Technology Transition Center, which was created by Thomas Thornton, one of Hastert’s former aides. Following the announcement, Flake said he was unaware that the earmark was one of Hastert’s, but also that the knowledge would not have deterred him. He stated, "I don’t want to avoid someone just because they’re in a leadership position." The amendment failed on June 21. [7]

On July 8, 2006, Flake attempted to strip a $250,000 appropriation for the Science Museum of Virginia. He stated, "I would note that the museum will soon open a traveling exhibit on candy, sponsored by the Jelly Belly Candy Co.," Flake said. "It does not sound like much research to me." On a 359-64 vote, the House rejected Flake's bid to strip the earmark. [8]

2006 elections

In his first campaign, Jeff Flake had pledged to only serve three terms in Congress; his third term will expire at the end of 2006. He is believed to harbor further political ambitions including possible future runs for Governor of Arizona or the U.S. Senate. He was heavily recruited by the conservative Club for Growth to run against McCain (who, ironically, represented Flake's district from 1983 to 1987) in 2004. In early 2005, he announced that he would be a candidate for a fourth term in 2006, after all. No major candidates announced their intentions to contest Davis’s seat in the November 2006 election. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [9]

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Club for Growth$ 1,001,836
Senate Conservatives Fund$ 176,484
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold$ 59,250
Cancer Treatment Centers of America$ 58,500
US Airways$ 54,300
Pinnacle West Capital$ 43,000
Knight Transportation$ 35,500
Marriott International$ 29,750
Express Scripts$ 25,650
Shamrock Foods$ 24,750
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Jeff Flake
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Jeff Flake. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • B85 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
    Ph: 202-224-4521 Fax: 202-226-4386
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See also


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Nicole Gaouette and Teresa Watanabe, “House immigration bill offers citizenship,” Los Angeles Times, March 21, 2007.

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