U.S. Senator Jeff Flake is one of the most influential political experts and a sitting senator from Arizona, where he began as a congressman in the House of Representatives with the Republican Party. He moved to the Senate after serving six terms in the House of Representatives and defeating former American surgeon Richard Carmona of the Democratic Party.
He succeeded in retiring Senator Jon Kyle in 2013 and has been responsible for amending and passing numerous bills. Jeff Flake is also known to have encountered much opposition in his political career, particularly due to his opposition to incumbent President Donald Trump. However, this does not seem to deter the determined politician. In fact, the rumor is that he will run for president in 2020.
Jeff Flake Biography
Flake was born as Jeffery Lane Flake on December 31, 1962, in Snowflake, a town in Arizona, United States of America. He is the son of Nerita and Dean Maeser Flake. Jeff’s uncle Jake Flake is also a politician who served as State House Speaker in the Arizona House of Legislature.
The politician grew up on a cattle farm before studying at Brigham Young University, where he earned a degree in International Relations. He later earned a master’s degree in political science from the same university.
Jeff Flake began working in a PR firm after graduating from university but later moved to Africa to work for the Foundation for Democracy in Namibia, where he served as Executive Director and also served as Managing Director of the Golden Water Institute.
His Political Career
Jeff Flake began his political career in 2000 when he was elected as a congressman and took the place of Republican Congressman Matt Salmon, who resigned from his post in fulfillment of his promise.
During his election campaign that same year, Flake promised to serve for three terms, but towards the end of his third term, he revoked his promise and began planning for his re-election the following year. Although three mayors in his home district opposed him, who did not want him to be re-elected, he emerged victorious because he did not have a strong Democratic opponent, and eventually won against the liberal candidate. He served for another three terms and his term ended in 2010.
In February 2011, the politician publicly announced his intention to run for the Senate and eventually won the Republican primary and was nominated against the Democratic Party candidate, Richard Carmona. He won the Senate seat against his main candidate Richard Carmona in a narrow victory. He resumed office on January 3, 2013, after the retiring Republican Senator Jon Kyl took office.
Jeff Flake served on several committees, including the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the Committee on Foreign Relations, where he chaired the Subcommittee on African Relations, and the Committee on Justice Affairs, where he chaired a Subcommittee on Homeland Security and Terrorism. He has also been responsible for the amendment and adoption of several bills, including bills on education, defense, labor, foreign policy, and health. Although his political career has been fraught with many challenges and contrasts, Jeff Flake is likely to run against incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican Party primary.
Jeff’s Spouse – Cheryl Flake and Children
The American politician is a happily married man. He is married to his crush, Cheryl Flake. The duo met and began their relationship while still studying, and they married in 1985, immediately after graduating from university.
The couple is blessed with five children, four sons; Austin, Tanner, Ryan, and Dallin, including one daughter Alexis, who was a former beauty queen and is currently married to Jason Arias, with whom she has a son. Her brother Austin was married to Logan Brown, but the couple divorced.
His Net Worth
Jeff Flake has amassed a fair amount of wealth, and it is said that he has made much of it through his investments in real estate and the stock market. His current net worth is about $500,000.