Congressional Profile: Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ)

Congressman Jeff Flake (R-AZ) currently scores a 96% on our Legislative Scorecard and is ranked the second most conservative of the Arizona delegation. He was first elected to represent Arizona’s 1st Congressional district in 2000, after the incumbent retired. The district was redrawn as the 6th district when Arizona gained two Congressional seats after the 2000 census. Rep. Flake was re-elected in 2002 as the representative of the 6th district.

Rep. Flake was born in Snowflake, Arizona in 1962. Snowflake, Arizona was named partially named after Rep. Flake’s great-great-grandfather, who was a Mormon pioneer. After serving as a missionary to South Africa, Rep. Flake graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations. He then received his Master’s Degree in Political Science. After college, he worked in public affairs, serving as the Executive Director of the Foundation for Democracy in Namibia in Africa. In 1992, he and his family moved back to Arizona where he served as the Executive Director of the Goldwater Institute.

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Congressional Profile: Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ)

Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ) currently scores a 92% on our Legislative Scorecard and was elected as part of the Tea Party wave in 2010. He was able to easily defeat incumbent Democrat Harry Mitchell 52% to 43%.

Rep. Schweikert was born in Los Angeles, California in 1962. He grew up in Scottsdale, AZ with his adoptive parents and siblings, graduating from Saguaro High School in 1980. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in finance and real estate in 1985 and his MBA from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business in 2005.

In 1990, Rep. Schweikert was elected to the Arizona State House of Representatives. His strong conservative stances led him to be elected Majority Whip after his reelection in 1992. While serving in the State House, he sponsored one of the largest tax cuts in Arizona history. He also worked tirelessly to reduce the size of the state government and cut pork barrel spending.

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Congressional Profile: Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL)

Congressman Dennis Ross (R-FL) is currently ranked the most conservative Member of the House from Florida, according to our Legislative Scorecard. He first came to Congress thanks to the Tea Party wave of 2010, and has continued to live up to the conservative ideals he ran on.

Born in Lakeland, FL in 1959, Rep. Ross was the youngest of five children. He graduated from Lakeland Senior High School in 1977 and attended the University of Florida before graduating from Auburn University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management. In 1982, Rep. Ross worked as a legislative aide to State Senator Dennis Jones.

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Congressional Profile: Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ)

Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) currently scores a 98% on our Legislative Scorecard, tying him for the most conservative Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. First elected in 2003, Rep. Franks describes himself as a conservative Reagan Republican. Serving his fifth term in Congress, Rep. Franks continues to believe that people and principles should be at the center of political discourse in America. He believes in personal responsibility, free enterprise and that government’s first purpose is to protect its innocent citizens.

Born in Uravan, Colorado, Rep. Franks cared for his younger siblings after his parents’ divorced. He graduated from Briggsdale High School in 1976. He received a college scholarship, but opted not to go to college immediately; instead, he bought a drilling rig and moved to Texas to drill wells. At the age of 22, Rep. Franks owned a drilling company and rode a Harley Davidson motorcycle. While drilling a large diameter earthquake prediction test hole into the San Andreas Fault for the United States government, Rep. Franks met his wife.

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Congressional Profile: Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ)

Congressman Scott Garrett (R-NJ) is currently ranked the most conservative Member of the New Jersey delegation. First elected in 2002 after the longtime moderate incumbent retired, Representative Garrett has held the seat and has maintained his conservatism for the past decade.

Born in Englewood, New Jersey in 1959, Representative Garrett received his Bachelor’s degree from Montclair State University in 1981 and his Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law – Camden in 1984. In 1990, he was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly, representing the 24th legislative district. During his tenure, he became the Assistant Majority Leader and was the Chairman of the Banking and Insurance Committee. He also served on the Education, Transportation, Agriculture & Natural Resources Committees, in addition to the Joint Committee on Public Schools.

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