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Jeffry Flake, in his fifth term in Congress, represents the Sixth Congressional District of Arizona.
He was born in Snowflake, Arizona (named in part for his great-great-grandfather, William J. Flake). After serving a Mormon mission in southern Africa, Jeff graduated from Brigham Young University, where he received a B.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in Political Science. It was at BYU that Jeff met his wife, Cheryl. They live in Mesa with their five children.
In 1987, Jeff started his career at a public affairs firm in Washington, D.C. Soon thereafter, Jeff moved to the southern African nation of Namibia as the Executive Director of the Foundation for Democracy, monitoring Namibia's independence process.
In 1992, Jeff and his family moved back 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.
In November 2006 Congressman Flake was profiled on 60 Minutes