Allen West has largely spent his life in the service of America. Formerly, he was a US Army lieutenant colonel, and a Republican member for the US House of Representatives. He was elected from the 22nd congressional district of Florida in 2010. He ran for the US House from the 18th district of Florida in 2012, and won nomination for the Republican ticket. He was the first black Republican be elected from Florida since reconstruction.
Born in Georgia, Herman West Sr. and Elizabeth were his parents. Both his father and elder brother were military officers, and his father even served in the 2nd World War. His brother had served in Vietnam, while his mother served as a civilian employee in the US Marine Corps. In the teenage, he joined Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps program, and joined the US Army in 1983.