"Ordinary people — when called upon — do extraordinary things..." Lieutenant Colonel Allen West is the embodiment of his own words. In a career-defining moment, the combat veteran stood up for his soldiers in an extraordinary way. He now serves his constituents as the chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. West discusses his military career, the history of the Black community and his most recent book with host Charles Mizrahi.
Lieutenant Colonel Allen West (ret.) came from humble beginnings in Atlanta, Georgia, and worked his way up. At the core of his upbringing and success was family. West is the third generation of military servicemen among four. He received several honors throughout his career, including a Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal and Army Commendation Medal.
After retiring from the military in 2003, West worked as a defense contractor and adviser until he transitioned into politics. In November 2010, he was elected to Congress and represented Florida's 22nd District. Today, he’s the chairman of the Republican Party of Texas.
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