Allen West

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Allen B. West
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U.S. House, Florida, District 22
Retired Representative
In office
January 3, 2011-January 3, 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Tennessee
Master'sKansas State University, U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer College
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1982-2004
CitationsBronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal
Date of birthFebruary 7, 1961
Place of birthAtlanta, Georgia
Office website
Campaign website
Allen Bernard West (b. February 7, 1961) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. West was elected by voters from Florida's 22nd congressional district in 2010. He lost his bid for re-election in 2012 to Democrat Patrick Murphy.

West ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 18th District. He won the nomination on the Republican ticket.[1] Primary elections were held on on August 14, 2012. West defeated Robert Crowder in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012.[2] West was defeated by challenger Patrick Murphy in a race that was too close to call for more than one week after the November 6, 2012 general election.[3][4]

West was the first black Republican elected from Florida since Reconstruction.[5]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, West was a "moderate Republican follower".[6]


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Allen West was born in Atlanta,Georgia. West joined the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program in the tenth grade and entered the United States Army in 1983 after he graduated from the University of Tennessee. West was a member of the third of four consecutive generations in his family to serve in the United States armed forces.[7]

West received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Tennessee and his master's degree in political science from Kansas State University. He also earned a master of military arts and sciences degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer College in political theory and military history and operations.[8]


Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives


West served on the following committees:[9]


Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" West voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[11]

Criticizing Congress

In an email to supporters on August 1, 2013, West attacked the Democratic Senate and the Republican House for going into recess in August 2013.[12]

West wrote in the message, “I’m disgusted by Congress. No legislation worth mentioning has passed both chambers to reach the president's desk, but next week the House and the Senate will kick off their August recess anyway. Let me tell you -- the U.S. Army never granted me leave unless I had fulfilled my obligations, and I'm willing to guess your employer won't let you take vacation if you don't finish your work! So why are we letting Congress off the hook?”[12]

West also argued “Congress should cancel August recess” attacking its “inability to do anything ... cut spending, pass a budget, secure the border, protect religious liberty, uncover the truth about what happened in Benghazi.”[12]



On June 19, 2013 West refused to rule out a run against Marco Rubio for the Florida Senate seat in 2016.[13]

“As I have always said, I will serve this country in whatever capacity I possibly can,” West said on WMAL radio on June 19, 2013, when pressed as to whether he would challenge Rubio (R) in 2016. “My most important concern is my country. If I see people that are not taking our country down the right path, if I see people that are not standing up for the right type of principles, and putting their own party politics before what is best for the United States of America.”[13]


See also: Florida's 18th congressional district elections, 2012

West ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 18th District. West won the nomination on the Republican ticket.[14] The signature filing deadline was June 8, 2012, with the primary taking place on August 14, 2012. West defeated Robert Crowder in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012.[2] West was defeated by challenger Patrick Murphy (D) in the November 6, 2012 general election.[15]

U.S. House, Florida District 18 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick Murphy 50.3% 166,257
     Republican Allen West Incumbent 49.7% 164,353
     Write-In Marilyn Davis Holloman 0% 55
Total Votes 330,665
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Florida District 18 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAllen West Incumbent 74.4% 45,761
Robert Crowder 25.6% 15,744
Total Votes 61,505


On November 2, 2010, West won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Ron Klein (D) in the general election.[16]

U.S. House of Representatives, Florida's 22nd Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAllen West 54.4% 118,890
     Democratic Ron Klein 45.6% 99,804
Total Votes 218,694



Patrick Murphy V. Allen West
Poll Patrick Murphy Allen WestUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Frederick Polls
(October 17, 2012)
Public Policy Polling
(October 25-26, 2012)
AVERAGES 47.5% 47% 5.5% +/-4.5 482
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of West's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

West lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, West's campaign committee raised a total of $19,359,331 and spent $18,471,216.[17]

West announced that he raised over $4 million during the 3rd quarter of the year, leaving him with over $3 million cash on hand. He has raised over $14.5 million over the course of the election cycle. His opponent Patrick Murphy raised $1.1 million in the 3rd quarter, leaving himself with around $400,000 on hand for the rest of the race.[18]


Breakdown of the source of West's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

West won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, West's campaign committee raised a total of $6,542,738 and spent $6,519,713 .[19]


Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. West paid his congressional staff a total of $765,425 in 2011. He ranked 33rd on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 37th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Florida ranks 36th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[20]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, West's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-102,992 and $454,998. That averages to $176,003, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[21]

National Journal vote ratings


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. West ranked 174th in the conservative rankings.[22]

Voting with party


Allen B. West voted with the Republican Party 92 of the time, which ranked 135 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[23]

Recent news

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West married Dr. Angela M. Graham on Christmas Eve in 1989. His wife, Angela, holds an MBA and PhD. and works as a financial planner. His oldest daughter, Aubrey, attends Archbishop McCarthy High School and his youngest daughter, Austen, attends Cooper City Christian Academy.[24] They currently reside in Plantation, Florida with their two daughters. [25]

External links


  1. Washington Post "Rep. Allen West to seek reelection in new district" Accessed February 14, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 AP Results "U.S. House Results" Accessed August 14, 2012
  3. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  4. Politico "Allen West falls further behind," November 18, 2012
  5. National Journal "The Making of Allen West Inc." Accessed August 5, 2013
  6. Gov Track "Allen West" Accessed April 12, 2012
  7. Broward Politics "Allen West: from controversy to Congress" Accessed October 20, 2011
  8. Allen West for Congress "About Allen West" Accessed October 20, 2011
  9. Congressman Allen West, Representing the 22nd District of Florida "Committees & Legislation"
  10. Armed Services Committee "Emerging Threats and Capabilities"
  11. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Sunshine State News "Allen West Bashes Congress, Looks Ahead to 2014" Accessed August 2, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 Politico "Allen West open to Marco Rubio challenge" Accessed June 19, 2013
  14. Washington Post "Rep. Allen West to seek reelection in new district" Accessed February 14, 2012
  15. Yahoo News "After a Recount, Allen West Loses Even Harder," November 19, 2012
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  17. OpenSecrets "2012 Election" Accessed March 18, 2013
  18. National Journal, "West Raises Big, Spends Big," October 2, 2012
  19. Open Secrets "Allen West 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 27, 2011]
  20. LegiStorm "Allen West"
  21., "West, (R-Florida), 2010"
  22. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  23. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  24. Congressman Allen West "Biography" Accessed October 20, 2011
  25. Allen West for President 2012 "Allen West's Final Wrap Up For 2010" Accessed October 20, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Ron Klein
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida, District 22
Succeeded by
Lois Frankel (D)