By The Hill Staff - 11/14/12 12:33 AM EST
Sen.-elect Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)
DATE OF BIRTH: Dec. 31, 1962
BIRTHPLACE: Snowflake, Ariz.
RESIDENCE: Mesa, Ariz.
EDUCATION: B.A., Brigham Young University; M.A., Brigham Young University
PREVIOUS OFFICE HELD: House of Representatives, 2000-2012
FAMILY: Wife, Cheryl; five children
Jeff Flake is moving across the Capitol, leaving the lower chamber for a seat in the Senate.
Flake beat Democrat Richard Carmona by calling him a “rubber stamp” for President Obama’s agenda.
Flake also pointed to his fiscally conservative record in the House, where he served on the House Appropriations Committee. He was an anti-earmark crusader long before the notion gained popularity among Tea Party supporters.
The Grand Canyon State has a significant elderly population, making Medicare a central issue of the campaign. Flake accused Carmona, a former U.S. Surgeon General, of supporting a $716 billion cut from Medicare to pay for Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
Flake won the seat of retiring Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz), keeping it in Republican control.