Allen B. West is National Center for Policy Analysis Executive Director and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. Lt. Col. West joined the NCPA because of his belief that it will be policy, not politics that secures a sound economic future for Americans – with growth, opportunity and returning the promise of the American dream for this generation and those to come.
He is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family. During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals and a Valorous Unit Award. In 1993 he was named the US Army ROTC Instructor of the Year.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District. As a member of the 112th Congress, he sat on the Small Business and Armed Services Committees and was instrumental in passage of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.
He is a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, a Fox News Contributor, author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom.
West is an avid distance runner, a Master SCUBA diver, and a motorcyclist, and in his spare time he enjoys cheering his beloved Tennessee Volunteers.
Lt. Col. West is a legacy life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, life member of the Association of the United States Army, life member of the National Rifle Association. He has recently been appointed by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission. He is married to Dr. Angela Graham-West and they have two daughters, Aubrey, a graduate student pursuing her master’s degree and Austen, a college freshman.