Jeff Flake is a Republican United States politician from Arizona who served six terms as a Congressman before moving to the Senate in 2012. During his time in Congress, Flake served on the Committee on Appropriations while in the Senate, he served on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Committee on Foreign Relations, and the Committee on the Judiciary.
Flake has described himself as a traditionally conservative Republican which he has backed by his stance on Gun Control and other right wing issues, although he has in recent time gone against his party to take a softer stance on issues like immigration and the protection of gay and transgender employee rights.
Jeff Flake was born Jeffry Lane Flake, one of eleven children to Nerita (née Hock) and Dean Maeser Flake, on the 31st of December, 1962 in Snowflake, Arizona. He is the great-great-grandson of Mormon missionary, William Jordan Flake, whose surname, along with that of Mormon Apostle Erasmus Snow, was used to form the name of his hometown.
Flake grew up on a cattle ranch before leaving to attend Brigham Young University where he first acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and then a Master of Arts in Political Science. In between his studies, Flake spent some time in Zimbabwe and South Africa to serve as a Mormon missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After returning to the United States, Flake worked with a public relations firm in Washington, D.C. before returning to the African continent to serve as the Executive Director of the Foundation for Democracy in Namibia.
Jeff Flake later returned to Arizona to take the position of Executive Director at the Goldwater Institute before venturing into politics in 2000. He replaced Republican House of Representative member, Matt Salmon who was stepping down from his position. Flake served six terms as a representative, the first for Arizona’s 1st congressional district and then the last five for Arizona’s 6th congressional district. In 2011, after it was revealed that Senator Jon Kyl was vacating his seat due to retirement, Flake decided to run for the U.S. Senate, defeating Democrat and former surgeon general, Richard Carmona for the position.
In October 2017, Flake surprised both his colleagues and analysts by revealing he was not going to be seeking re-election to the Senate in 2018. He did so through a 17-minute long speech on the Senate floor where he bashed President Donald Trump as he urged his colleagues not to condone the executive’s inappropriate behavior, most especially his hard-line rhetoric about Muslims and immigrants.
According to the opensecrets.org website, Sen. Jeff Flake has a net worth of about $459,000. He is said to have made his money through investments in the stock market and in real estate as well as through his annual salary of $174,000 as a member of the United States Congress. Flake has stocks in Apple and also has apartments in the popular skiing destination at Provo, Utah.
Jeff Flake Family – Spouse (Cheryl Flake), and Children
Jeff Flake married his college sweetheart Cheryl (née Bae) in 1985. The couple, who are both life-long members of the Church of Latter Day Saints, attended the LDS-owned Brigham Young University where they met each other. They got married soon after graduating and have since then welcomed five children; daughter Alexis and sons Ryan, Austin, Tanner and Dallin.
Alexis, who attended her parents’ alma mater and is a former beauty queen, gave the Flake’s their first grandchild after she got married to Jason Arias. Her brother, Austin, was previously married to Logan Brown but the couple is now divorced. Austin and his now ex-wife made the news after they were sued by former Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, who gained notoriety for his bad treatment of immigrants in Arizona. Arpaio alleged that his dogs, who died under the supervision of Austin and Logan at a Kennel owned by Logan’s family, were subjected to animal cruelty by the couple. The case was later withdrawn and a counter civil suit against Arpaio was filed by the Flake family.
Another of Flake’s sons, Tanner, made the news in 2015 after he posted several offensive comments on social media using anti-semitic remarks and the N-word. His father, as well as Tanner himself, later issued an apology for the remarks.