Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis
Public Policy Lecture Series
In 2008, MCLA announced the establishment of the Public Policy lecture series, making
public policy forums an ongoing part of the College's long-term speaker offerings,
in complement to MCLA's major in political science and public policy. The series
is made possible through the generosity of the Ruth E. Proud Charitable Trust.
Senator Jeff Flake
Election 2020 and the State of U.S. Politics
Drawing on his nearly two decades of experience on Capitol Hill, in both the Senate
and House of Representatives, Jeff Flake shares candid, thought-provoking, and engaging
insights on today’s political climate. Combining riveting anecdotes from his time
in office, lessons from his New York Times bestselling book Conscience of a Conservative, and insights on the importance of civil leadership and bipartisanship, Flake paints
a vivid picture of our current political environment and where we can expect our nation’s
democracy to go from here.
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Free and Open to the Public
“We are no longer used to great Senate speeches,” wrote Lawfare Editor in Chief, Benjamin
Wittes, in October 2017. “And then rises one Jeff Flake and delivers not merely a
great speech but also a genuinely important one, perhaps the single most important
address given on the Senate floor in my memory.”
Author of the New York Times best seller Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to
Principle, Senator Flake has taken a lonely stand for principle and civility in an era of hyper-partisanship.
After serving six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, Senator Flake was elected
to the United States Senate, where he served for six years. While in the Senate, Senator
Flake chaired the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology & the Law, which sits at the
intersection of innovation and regulation. He also chaired the Africa Subcommittee
of the Foreign Relations Committee, where he passed landmark legislation on wildlife
trafficking and democratic governance.
Prior to entering Congress, Senator Flake served as executive director of the Goldwater
Institute in Arizona. He also directed the Foundation for Democracy in Namibia during
that nation’s transition to independence. Senator Flake holds degrees in International
Relations and Political Science from Brigham Young University.
Known for his ability to work across the political aisle, Senator Flake was the lead
House Republican in the successful effort to prohibit spending earmarks, and the lead
Senate Republican in the successful effort to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba.
A sought-after speaker, Senator Flake delivered the 2018 commencement address at Harvard
Law School. His 2018 Senate floor speech titled “Truth and Democracy” was carried
live on CNN, MSNBC and the FOX News Channel. During his time in the Senate, Senator
Flake was a frequent guest on NBC’s Meet the Press, ABC’s This Week, CBS’ Face the
Nation, and CNN’s State of the Union.
Senator Flake is currently a contributor to CBS News. He also partners with CBS on
a series called “Common Ground.” He will guest lecture at Princeton and speak at Yale
in the Spring of 2019, and will be a Resident Fellow at Harvard University during
the fall semester of 2019.
Senator Flake and his wife, Cheryl, live in Mesa, Arizona, and are the parents of