Executive Director & Vice Chair of the Board of the National Center for Policy Analysis, Former Congressman, Florida’s 22nd Congressional District
Allen B. West is the Executive Director and Vice Chair of the Board of the National Center for Policy Analysis, which he joined because he believes policy-not politics-will secure a sound economic future for Americans.
Lieutenant Colonel West is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family. During his 22-year career in the United States Army, Lt. Col. West has served in multiple combat zones, and has received a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Commendation Medals and a Valorous Unit Award. In 1993, he was named U.S. Army ROTC Instructor of the Year.
In November 2010, Lt. Col. West was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd Congressional District. As a member of the 112th Congress, he sat on the Small Business and Armed Forces Committees and was instrumental in the passage of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.
Lt. Col. West is a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, A Fox News Contributor, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey o Family, Faith and Freedom. He is a legacy life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a life member of the Association of the United States Army and a life member of the National Rifle Association. Lt. Col. West was recently elected to the board of the NRA, and appointed by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission. He is an avid distance runner, Master SCUBA diver and motorcyclist.
An avid Volunteers fan, Lt. Col. West received his bachelor’s from the University of Tennessee, and later earned a master’s in political science from Kansas State University. He and his wife, Dr. Angela Graham-West have two daughters, Aubrey and Austen.
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Philosophy of Life
Dear Students of Northwood University,
Greetings, I am retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel and former Member of Congress Allen West. I also once sat on the Northwood University Board of Trustees and was a 2017 recipient of the Northwood University Outstanding Business Leader Award. My Business has always been about protecting Liberty and Freedom. And here are my ten guiding principles – verses from the Bible:
Romans 8:28, 31, 37
Be Strong! Be Courageous! Be Bold!
Lieutenant Colonel Allen B. West