Jeff Flake

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  • U.S. Senator (R-AZ) (2013-2018)
  • U.S. Congressman (R-AZ) (2001-2013)
  • New York Times Bestselling Author of "Conscience of a Conservative"
  • Contributor, CBS News

Jeff Flake has nearly two decades of experience on Capitol Hill in both the Senate and House of Representatives. Heralded as an "ideal public servant" in The New York Times, Flake is renowned for his bravery in speaking out against the current administration, his principled stands on spending and free trade, and his shrewd negotiations and bipartisanship on complicated issues such as immigration. 

A traditionally conservative Republican, Flake defended the core values and principles of his party-- and revealed how they are currently under threat-- in his New York Times bestselling book Conscience of a Conservative, which was described in The Washington Post as, "the single largest act of political bravery in the Trump era." His eloquent, impassioned and headline-making retirement speech, delivered from the Senate floor, further condemned the "new normal" in politics. He is a current contributor for CBS News where he will be launching a new series called Common Ground, which focuses on opposing groups coming together. 

A passionate and principled defender of "country over party," Flake famously invited Democratic Senator Martin Heinrich on a six-day survival adventure on an island in Micronesia to develop an idea to end partisan gridlock. Their experiences were featured on a Discovery Channel reality TV show, Rival Survival.

Sought-out to speak everywhere from the Forbes Under 30 Conference to Harvard Law School, Flake shares substantive, candid insights on the current political environment and what is and isn't achievable in Washington, as well as shrewd analysis on foreign affairs, trade and the economy, and more. 

 

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And then rises one Jeff Flake and delivers not merely a great speech but also a genuinely important one, perhaps the single most important address given on the Senate floor in my memory. This speech will be remembered not merely for its eloquence and its moral correctness but also for its intellectual content and its courage at a particular moment in time.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Jeff Flake
  • Tufts University
  • Hudson Library Historical Society
  • Forbes Under 30 Summit
  • Harvard Law School
  • Georgetown University
  • The National Press Club
  • The Woodrow Wilson Center
  • The Cato Institute
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For serving nearly two decades on Capitol Hill in both the Senate and House of Representatives, JEFF FLAKE built a reputation for bipartisanship, shrewd negotiations, principled stands on spending and free trade, and most notably defending the core values of the GOP and standing up against the Trump administration.  He is sought after for his perspectives and insights on the latest news. Watch a sample of his recent appearances here:

3.4.2019  Senator Jeff Flake Insists On Bridging the Partisan Divide at Harvard's Institute of Politics | The Harvard Crimson

11.14.2018  Troops deployed to border is a 'stunt', says Sen. Flake | MSNBC Morning Joe

10.22.2018  Standing up to Trump | CITIZEN by CNN

6.25.2018  Senator Jeff Flake on Trump policies and the future of the Republican Party  |  MSNBC Morning Joe

10.22.2017  Senator Jeff Flake On White House Behavior: We Can’t Continue To Remain Silent | MSNBC Morning Joe

<p>Jeff Flake named a contributor at CBS News</p>

Jeff Flake named a contributor at CBS News

Senator JEFF FLAKE (R-AZ) (2013-18) was just named a contributor at CBS News where he will be launching a new series called Common Ground, which focuses on opposing groups coming together. With nearly two decades of experience on Capitol Hill in both the Senate and House of Representatives, Flake has had the nation’s eyes on him as he’s consistently risen over the dysfunction of partisan politics. Uniquely suited for a program on bipartisanship and compromise, while in the Senate, Flake famously invited Democratic Senator Martin Heinrich on a six-day survival adventure on a deserted island to develop an idea to end partisan gridlock; an experience featured on a Discovery Channel reality TV show, Rival SurvivalSought-out to speak everywhere from the Forbes Under 30 Conference to Harvard Law School, and recently in-demand for engaging and refreshingly open in-depth interviews on The Late Show with Stephen ColbertCNNThe View, and 60 Minutes, Flake provides shrewd analysis on the current political environment, foreign affairs, trade and the economy, and more. Following the midterm elections, he penned a widely-shared and insightful Washington Post op-ed on the future of the GOP, and he just shared his hopes for American politics moving forward  in a lecture at Vanderbilt UniversityA traditionally conservative Republican heralded as an "ideal public servant" in The New York TimesFlake’s recently-published New York Times bestselling book Conscience of a Conservative was described in The Washington Post as "the single largest act of political bravery in the Trump era," and his, eloquent, impassioned and headline-making retirement speech, delivered from the Senate floor, was labeled by CNN commentator Chris Cillizza as “the most important speech of 2017.” Flake candidly unpacks what to expect from the current administration and what is and isn't achievable in a newly-divided Congress. 

<p><strong>Jeff Flake is in-demand by top outlets and organizations </strong></p>

Jeff Flake is in-demand by top outlets and organizations

With nearly two decades of experience on Capitol Hill in both the Senate and House of Representatives, JEFF FLAKE (R-AZ) (2013-18) is able to candidly decode what to expect from the current administration and what is and isn't achievable in a newly-divided Congress. Sought-out to speak everywhere from the Forbes Under 30 Conference to Harvard Law School, and recently in-demand for engaging and refreshingly open in-depth interviews on CNNThe View, and 60 Minutes, Flake provides shrewd analysis on the current political environment, foreign affairs, trade and the economy, and more. Just following the midterm elections, he penned a widely-shared and insightful Washington Post op-ed on the future of the GOP. Currently making a principled stand by refusing to vote on judicial nominations until the Senate agrees to vote on protections for Robert Mueller, Flake has been making headlines in virtually every major outlet. His recently-published New York Times bestselling book Conscience of a Conservative was described in The Washington Post as "the single largest act of political bravery in the Trump era," and his, eloquent, impassioned and headline-making retirement speech, delivered from the Senate floor, condemned the "new normal" in politics with remarkable honesty. A candid and eloquent speaker with true insider knowledge, Flake offers audiences engaging, no-holds-barred analysis on politics today.   

<p><strong>Jeff Flake is a renowned leader on health care </strong></p>

Jeff Flake is a renowned leader on health care

With nearly two decades of experience on Capitol Hill in both the Senate and House of Representatives, SENATOR JEFF FLAKE (R-AZ) (2013-2018) is able to candidly decode what to expect from the current administration and what is and isn't achievable in a newly-divided Congress. A traditionally conservative Republican heralded as an "ideal public servant" in The New York TimesFlake defended the core values and principles of his party-- and revealed how they are currently under threat-- in his New York Times bestselling book Conscience of a Conservativewhich was described in The Washington Post as, "the single largest act of political bravery in the Trump era."  When it comes to healthcare, Flake believes that every individual, including those with pre-existing conditions, should have access to affordable care. To make that policy goal a reality, he supports a free-market approach that will lower costs, encourage innovation, and empower individuals to make their own health care decisions. To help ease the burden of expensive premiums, Flake has been a leading voice in Congress for the expansion of health savings accounts (HSAs). He was also a vocal supporter of the Graham-Cassidy health care amendment. He held a press conference on the bill, and was sought-out by leading programs including Fox News, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Bloomberg, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and more, to share insights on the bill and health care in the United States. Sought-out to speak everywhere from the Forbes Under 30 Conference to Harvard Law School, and recently in-demand for engaging and refreshingly open in-depth interviews on CNNThe View, and 60 Minutes, Flake provides shrewd analysis on the current political environment and key issues such as the future of the Affordable Care Act.

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“We are no longer used to great Senate speeches,” wrote Lawfare Editor in Chief, Benjamin Wittes, in October of 2017. “And then rises one Jeff Flake and delivers not merely a great speech but also a genuinely important one, perhaps the single most important address given on the Senate floor in my memory.”

Author of the New York Times best seller Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle, Senator Flake has taken a lonely stand for principle and civility in an era of hyper-partisanship. 

After serving six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, Senator Flake was elected to the United States Senate, where he served for six years. While in the Senate, Senator Flake chaired the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology & the Law, which sits at the intersection of innovation and regulation. He also chaired the Africa Subcommittee of the Foreign Relations Committee, where he passed landmark legislation on wildlife trafficking and democratic governance. 

Prior to entering Congress, Senator Flake served as executive director of the Goldwater Institute in Arizona. He also directed the Foundation for Democracy in Namibia during that nation’s transition to independence.  Senator Flake holds degrees in International Relations and Political Science from Brigham Young University.

Known for his ability to work across the political aisle, Senator Flake was the lead House Republican in the successful effort to prohibit spending earmarks, and the lead Senate Republican in the successful effort to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba. 

A sought-after speaker, Senator Flake delivered the 2018 commencement address at Harvard Law School. His 2018 Senate floor speech titled “Truth and Democracy” was carried live on CNN, MSNBC and the FOX News Channel. During his time in the Senate, Senator Flake was a frequent guest on NBC’s Meet the Press, ABC’s This Week, CBS’ Face the Nation, and CNN’s State of the Union.  

Senator Flake is currently a contributor to CBS News. He also partners with CBS on a series called “Common Ground.” He will guest lecture at Princeton and speak at Yale in the Spring of 2019, and will be a Resident Fellow at Harvard University during the fall semester of 2019.

Senator Flake and his wife, Cheryl, live in Mesa, Arizona, and are the parents of five children.