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Sen. Jeff Flake

Former Senator for Arizona

pronounced jef // flayk

Flake was a senator from Arizona and was a Republican. He served from 2013 to 2018.

He was previously the representative for Arizona’s 6th congressional district as a Republican from 2003 to 2012; and the representative for Arizona’s 1st congressional district as a Republican from 2001 to 2002.

Photo of Sen. Jeff Flake [R-AZ, 2013-2018]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Flake.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Flake is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2019 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Flake sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Jan 2, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Flake was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 11 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Flake sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (23%) Environmental Protection (14%) Immigration (13%) International Affairs (11%) Agriculture and Food (11%) Taxation (10%) Energy (10%) Native Americans (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Flake recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Flake voted Nay

Nomination Confirmed 51/50 on Dec 11, 2018.

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Flake voted No

Flake voted No

Passed 269/161 on Aug 1, 2011.

The Budget Control Act of 2011 (Pub.L. 112–25, S. 365, 125 Stat. 240, enacted August 2, 2011) is a federal statute enacted by the 112th …

Flake voted No

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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Flake voted Nay

Flake voted Nay

Passed 395/1 on Mar 12, 2007.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Dec 2018, Flake missed 91 of 1,758 roll call votes, which is 5.2%. This is much worse than the median of 1.5% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2018. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: