AKA Allen Bernard West
Birthplace: Atlanta, GA
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Party Affiliation: Republican
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Former Congressman from Florida
Military service: US Army, to Lt Col (1982-2004, Iraq War)
Decorated career military officer who served in Iraq during both US wars against that nation, elected to US Congress in 2010. Conservative "Tea Party" Republican: anti-abortion rights, anti-gay rights, pro-gun rights. Campaigned offering criticisms of the 2008 Wall Street bailout, 2009 economic stimulus, and 2010 health care reform, and calling for elimination of the Departments of Energy and Education. Succeeded Ron Klein, representing Florida's 22nd District.
Ended his military career in 2004, after being relieved of command and reprimanded for a battlefield incident in which he was found to have used "improper methods" — abducting an Iraqi police officer, letting US troops beat him, and firing his 9mm Beretta near the prisoner's head, to force him to provide information about a series of attacks on American forces. Curiously claimed in a 2010 campaign rally, "I still retain a secret security clearance ... that even the president of the United States cannot obtain because of my background".
Describes himself as "a modern-day Harriet Tubman," and says that he will lead African-Americans off the "21st century plantation." Has called for censorship of American media including The New York Times for publishing news stories based on the secret documents released by Wikileaks, and described President Obama as "a low-level socialist agitator" who shows "third-world, dictator-like arrogance". Voted out of office after one term.
Father: Herman West
Mother: Elizabeth West
Wife: Angela Graham-West (financial planner, two daughters)
Daughter: Audrey (b. circa 1994)
Daughter: Austen (b. circa 1997)
University: BA Political Science, University of Tennessee (1983)
University: MA Political Science, Kansas State University (1986)
Teacher: ROTC, Kansas State University (1991-94)
University: Command and General Staff College, Ft Leavenworth, KS (1997)
Teacher: History, Deerfield Beach High School, Deerfield Beach, FL (2004-05)
US Congressman, Florida 22nd (2011-13)
Military Professional Resources Inc. Contractor (2005-10)
Army Achievement Medal
Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaves
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaves
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