The Hill’s 2012 New Members Guide


Sen.-elect Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeRepublican former Michigan governor says he's voting for Biden Maybe they just don't like cowboys: The president is successful, some just don't like his style Bush endorsing Biden? Don't hold your breath MORE (R-Ariz.)


DATE OF BIRTH: Dec. 31, 1962

BIRTHPLACE: Snowflake, Ariz.

RESIDENCE: Mesa, Ariz.

OCCUPATION: Businessman

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.