Jeff Flake is all over the news today after he lashed against the GOP yesterday.
The Republican Senator from Arizona wrote a Politico piece that called the party, including the following statement in reference to Russia’s tampering with the U.S. elections: “Even as our own government was documenting a concerted attack against our democratic processes by an enemy foreign power, our own White House was rejecting the authority of its own intelligence agencies, disclaiming their findings as a Democratic ruse and a hoax.”
The piece goes on to condemn the GOP for the current administration’s shortcomings, as well as the rest of Congress’ failure to address its moves. Here are nine things to know about Jeff Flake:
- The Snowflake, Arizona native was a Mormon missionary early in his life.
- He studied at Brigham University, earning a B.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in Political Science.
- As a missionary, he went to Namibia, where he was the Executive Director of the Foundation for Democracy.
- Flake played an active role in opposing economic sanctions in South Africa during the 1980s as these would hurt the black population there.
- He first became part of Congress in 2000 when he was elected to Arizona’s 1st congressional district.
- The Senator is a fiscal conservative, who believes in reducing federal spending.
- He is in favor of improving relations with immigrants, passing a legislation in 2007 that would allow illegal immigrants to enter Arizona with a temporary legal status.
- In 2017, he opposed President Obama’s FCC Internet Privacy Rules, introducing a legislation that would allow Internet service providers to share and sell browsing history without its users’ consent.
- He is pro-life with the exception of rape, incest and to protect the mother’s life.
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