Allen West (politician)

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Allen West
Chair of the Texas Republican Party
In office
July 20, 2020 – July 11, 2021
Preceded byJames Dickey
Succeeded byMatt Rinaldi
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 22nd district
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2013
Preceded byRon Klein
Succeeded byLois Frankel
Personal details
Allen Bernard West

(1961-02-07) February 7, 1961 (age 62)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Angela Graham
EducationUniversity of Tennessee (BA)
Kansas State University (MA)
United States Army Command and General Staff College (MMAS)
WebsiteOfficial website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Texas State Guard
Years of service1982–2004 (U.S. Army)
2019–present (Texas State Guard)
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Commands2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment
Battles/warsPersian Gulf War
Iraq War
AwardsBronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal

Allen Bernard West (born February 7, 1961)[1] is an American political commentator and politician. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. A member of the Republican Party, West represented Florida's 22nd congressional district in the House from 2011 to 2013.

In July 2019, West announced he would be running for the chairmanship of the Republican Party of Texas in 2020.[2] He won the election, however, resigned at Texas GOP Chair in 2021.

On May 23, 2020, West was in a motorcycle crash just outside Waco, Texas.[3]

West unsuccessfully ran for the Republican nomination for Governor of Texas, challenging incumbent Governor Greg Abbott.[4]

In October 2021, West was diagnosed with COVID-19 and pneumonia.[5] While hospitalized, he continued to criticize COVID-19 vaccinations and mask mandates.[6][7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "WEST, Allen - Biographical Information". Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  2. WBAP Morning News – Retired Colonel Allen West Says He Is Looking to Run for GOP Chair, WBAP 820 AM, Dallas, Texas, July 8, 2019.
  3. "Allen West, Candidate For Chair Of Texas GOP, Stable In Hospital After Motorcycle Crash". 23 May 2020. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  4. "Allen West announces GOP primary challenge to Abbott in Texas". The Hill. July 4, 2021.
  5. "Allen West, running for governor of Texas, diagnosed with COVID-19". Archived from the original on October 10, 2021. Retrieved 2021-10-10.
  6. "Allen West, Texas GOP candidate, hospitalized with COVID-19". Dallas News. 2021-10-10. Retrieved 2021-10-11.
  7. "Texas governor candidate Allen West says he has coronavirus". UPI. Retrieved 2021-10-11.