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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Great Congressman

Jeff Flake is one of the best members of the House of Representatives in the entire country. A Republican who represents the Sixth District of Arizona, he has been the most consistent man in Congress in fighting Pork and government waste in the last several years. He ran afoul of fellow Republican John Boehner last year for his positions on earmarks and was tossed off the Judiciary Committee. Like William Proxmire's Golden Fleece Award from the generation passed, he spotlights an Egregious Earmark of the week on his website. Flake is tough, fair and objective and tends to get underneath people's skin regardless of affiliation. I rarely applaud members of his party but this guy seems to be the real deal.

I pilfer the following bio:

Jeff Flake is a fifth-generation Arizonan, a member of the Latter Day Saints, and was raised on a ranch in Snowflake, Arizona. Jeff's career in public affairs led him to the southern African nation of Namibia, where he served as Executive Director of the Foundation for Democracy, which monitored Namibia's democratic process during a time when the nation had its first elections and wrote its constitution. In 1992, Jeff and his family returned to Arizona where he was named Executive Director of the Goldwater Institute. In this role, Jeff worked to promote a conservative philosophy of less government, more freedom, and individual responsibility. Jeff has represented the Sixth District of Arizona since 2001, serving on the Committees on Foreign Affairs and Natural Resources. The Sixth District includes parts of Mesa and Chandler and all of Gilbert, Queen Creek, and Apache Junction. During his tenure in Congress, Jeff has established a reputation as a leading conservative reformer. Jeff is a graduate of Brigham Young University, where he received a B.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in Political Science. Jeff and his wife, Cheryl, live in Mesa with their children.

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