Sen. Jeff Flake is a Native-Born Snowflake

By Michael W. Chapman | October 1, 2018 | 12:15pm EDT
Retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)

( -- Republican Senator Jeff Flake (Ariz.), who sided with the Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats on Friday in demanding a seventh FBI investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, was born and raised in the small town of Snowflake, Arizona. 

Snowflake, which is in the northern central part of Arizona, was founded in 1878 by early Mormon leaders Erastus Snow and William Jordan Flake, the latter of whom is the great-great grandfather of Jeff Flake. 

Jeff Flake was born in Snowflake on Dec. 31, 1962, and he was reared on the family's cattle ranch there, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica


"Visitors to Snowflake’s historic homes and tree-lined streets are captivated by its hometown charm and inspiring location," states the Welcome to Snowflake, Arizon website

As for some history, the website states, “A new pioneer settlement was begun on July 21, 1878, when William J. Flake led five families, their wagons and livestock into this valley.  Lucy Flake described the scene as 'a beautiful place' with 'clear water' and 'hills covered with green grass.'  Within weeks, destitute families began drifting in.  Friends and strangers shared the small four-room adobe home sold to Flake with the land, and worked to harvest the crops on the newly purchased ranch."

"... After hearing Flake’s report, Elder [Erastus] Snow praised him for his efforts.  He suggested they name the growing settlement 'Snow-Flake,' and plans were made to establish a permanent town.  Following their meeting, Snow and his traveling companions, Ira Hinckley and Jesse N. Smith, visited Flake’s ranch and helped survey and lay out the townsite."

Jeff Flake served six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He became a U.S. senator in 2013 after winning the seat held by retiring Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.).  Flake, a staunch critic of President Trump -- he once compared Trump to genocidal dictator Joseph Stalin -- announced in late 2017 that he would not run for reelection. 

A poll from August 2017 showed that only 18% of Arizonans approved of Sen. Flake's job performance. On Oct. 24, 2017, Flake announced he would not seek reelection to the Senate. 

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