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Congressman Allen B. West

Former Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas; Distinguished Conservative Thought-Leader; Highly Decorated Military Veteran; Author of Guardian of the Republic

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A fierce advocate of conservative values, strong education, and public service, Lt. Col. Allen West 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 (one with Valor device), and a Valorous Unit Award.

His experience as a Congressman, Member of the Small Business and Armed Services Committees, and prolific leadership career in the United States Army, has provided West with a highly valued and respected voice on key issues. His life exemplifies that of a political icon, military hero, and riveting leader.

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Lieutenant Colonel (US Army, Ret) Allen West is the Executive Director of the American Constitutional Conservative Rights Union and the ACRU Action Fund. He is a constitutional conservative, combat veteran, and former member of the U.S. Congress.

Lt. Col. West is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family. During his 22-year career in the U.S. Army, Lt. Col. West served in several combat zones and received many honors, including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals (one with valor device), and a Valorous Unit Award. In 1993, he was named the US Army ROTC Instructor of the Year. He is also a former commissioned officer in the Texas State Guard.

In November 2010, West was elected to the United States Congress representing Florida's 22d District. As a member of the 112th Congress, West sat on the Small Business and Armed Services Committees.

West is the former Executive Director of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas, Texas, and a former Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative (BTWI) for the Texas Public Policy Foundation. In July of 2020, Col. West was elected Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas by an overwhelming majority of State delegates.

Lt. Col. West is the author of three books, Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin's Journey to Family, Faith, and Freedom; Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death; and We Can Overcome: An American Black Conservative Manifesto.

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In this up close and personal discussion, Congressman Allen B. West shares his early childhood years, which includes his early life as a military brat to then joining and serving in the Army, his experiences as an African American conservative, his philosophical and political foundation, and his vision for our country. Your audience will leave understanding Allen B. West not only as a political icon, but also as a person, a military hero, and riveting leader.

Washington gridlock continues to hurt organizations nationwide. After serving in Congress, Representative Allen B. West won support from many groups along the American political spectrum and was named a torch bearer and a political icon. From an insider’s perspective on Washington, West is perfectly positioned to answer the major questions facing the U.S. from the debt ceiling issue and healthcare reform to slow job growth and a poor education system. In this intellectually fearless keynote, West explains the challenging dynamics between the Congress and the Administration, and how partisanship has drastically diverted the nation’s political course.

As a Member of Congress, Representative Allen B. West served on the Committee on Small Business, and specifically two of its subcommittees: the Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce; and the Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations. Based on his experience and his political philosophies, West knows that small businesses are the foundation of our economy. More importantly, recent laws such as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are jeopardizing the livelihood of these businesses and the U.S. economic foundation. West shares his concerns for small business owners and the outlook for our economy.

After a 22-year military career, Lieutenant Colonel Allen B. West USA (Ret) certainly understands the value and challenges of effective leadership. Soldiers are trained to face hidden enemies, adjust to changing landscapes, meet short deadlines, and experience the fog of war. LTC Allen B. West teaches organizations how these same military principals when applied to the business world will help ensure an organization’s success in today’s market.

Typically, African American and conservative are not synonymous. As the first African American, Republican Congressman from Florida since 1876, Congressman Allen B. West is an anomaly. He was also born in the south Atlanta, GA. West shares why he holds certain political values, and how they complement his background. In this unparalleled discussion, West will challenge all your assumptions and break down all stereotypes, including African American does not mean Democrat. Your audience will leave with a new sense of what political demographics really means in today’s day and age.

The state of 21st century warfare has drastically changed. Unconventional threats such as drones, robotics, and cyber warfare now exist and not only threaten our troops, but also our nation’s citizens. Properly equipping and training is essential to ensuring the security of our country and, the latest advancements in U.S. military capabilities are not enough to ensure our national security, according to Congressman Allen B. West who also served 22 years in the U.S. Army. While in Congress, West served on the House Committee on Armed Services and also on the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities. West knows first-hand the threat of not properly equipping and training soldiers for today’s unconventional battlefield, and your audience will gain a better understanding for the dynamics that politics plays on modern warfare.

A former military leader and a politically conservative leader, Congressman Allen B. West rose to become an icon. His fearless approach to voicing key issues provides not only an inspiration to his half-a million followers, but also a valuable point of view. West knows the value of an inspirational leader, and more importantly, how to be one. In this stimulating keynote, West explores the top characteristics and principles of a good leader. Your audience will leave with applicable strategies for bettering their leadership approach.


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    Op-Ed: Americans Flocked to Churches After 9/11, Then Something Big Changed

    Twenty-one years have passed since the modern version of the “date which will live in infamy,” Sept. 11, 2001. Just like its predecessor, Pearl Harbor, it is a day that we must never forget. But what makes 9/11 so very different from Pearl Harbor is that the target was not a military installation of strategic […]

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    A Bridge Too Far, the Demise of the Democrats

    (Town Hall) – A Bridge Too Far

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    Allen West’s goal: ‘Restore the state of Texas’

    (Tyler Paper) – Republican candidate for governor Allen West visited Tyler on Tuesday where he discussed his plans for Texas.

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    In Bid for Governor’s Mansion, Allen West Will Have to Win Over the Texas GOP

    (Dallas Observer) – In a seven-minute, slickly produced video, West announced his candidacy for Texas governor on July 4.

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    Allen West: America needs to look after veterans

    (Fox Business) – Lt. Col. Allen West on getting veterans access to quality health care and the border crisis.

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    Are We Truly Earning the Sacrifice of Those Who Have Gone Before Us?

    (CNS News) – It is the day after Memorial Day and pools are open, sales are over, and those hot dogs at the baseball parks are still awfully expensive. And yes, those who we honored yesterday still lie in their final duty stations. But the question is, what shall we do for the next 364 days until the next Memorial Day?

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    Why Do We Have the Second Amendment in America?

    (CNS News) – However, unless you are living under a rock, off the grid, with no access to information, you realize why we have the Second Amendment in America … Venezuela.

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    Allen West: US shouldn’t be a ‘job fair’ for migrants

    (Fox Business) – Lt. Col. Allen West (Ret.) discusses the crisis at the southern border and why the U.S. needs to protect its asylum laws.

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    What Does March Madness Have to Do with Socialism?

    (CNS News) – Yes, it is that very special time of the year, and this morning many of you began your office bracket pool contests.

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    Why I Love America

    (CNS News) – We must stop thinking of America as a geographic piece of territory. Yes, we are these United States of America, and we do have a sovereign nation that should be protected and secured, but America is far more than just borders, boundaries, and a grand expanse of land. America is an ideal.

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    What Is Conservatism?

    (CNS News) – If there is one question that must be posed, does America truly know the answer to the question: What is conservatism?

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    The Problem with Socialism Is That It Is Socialism

    (CNS News) – I must ask, how many of you ever thought you would hear an American president, while speaking at a State of the Union Address, assert that “America will never be a socialist country”?

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    The Real Dreamers – Our American Angels

    (CNS News) – Where were all the news cameras and hoopla? Why is it that an organization like Angels of America’s Fallen must undertake the Herculean effort of supporting the dreams of our real American dreamers?

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    Who Are These Evil Rich People?

    (CNS News) – Unless you have been hiding under a very large rock at the bottom of the sea, you know that the progressive, socialist left has made wealth redistribution a centerpiece of their economic plan.

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    Ben Shapiro – Sunday Special: Allen West

    (The Daily Wire) – Allen West, former congressman and retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, joins Ben to discuss the military, foreign policy, racism, the state of the Democrat Party, and where the GOP has gone wrong with minority outreach.

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    Would Dr. King Be Happy or Shedding Tears for the Black Community Today?

    (CNS News) – There are two special birthdays this week, both of whom were, and always will be, extremely influential in my life.

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    What Is the Future of Liberty in America?

    (CNS News) – We now have a new majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. Already we are seeing a very distinct direction in which this majority will legislate.

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    America Is an Arena of Opportunity, Providing a Chance to Become a Champion

    (CNS News) – Someone once quipped a few years back that “we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” My question is simple: why would anyone want to fundamentally transform that true grit, the indomitable, entrepreneurial drive and determination, the abject courage to mount upon a 2,000-pound, massive animal and ride it for 8 seconds?

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    What is Asylum?

    (CNSNews) – I believe it is time to cast aside emotions and ideological agendas and look at the situation with illegal immigration in America objectively.

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    Allen West: How Do You Fundamentally Transform the United States of America?

    By Allen West (original source CNS News) “If you remember, it was back in the waning days of the 2008 presidential election in Columbia, Missouri when then Senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama made a defining assertion: “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” What I found interesting was […]

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    Allen West: Constitutional Conservatism on Trial

    (CNS News) – Imagine we are in a court of law, that we have gone through a lengthy trial, and it is now time for closing arguments. On one side we have the plaintiff, progressive socialism, and on the other side there is the defendant, constitutional conservatism. Progressive socialism has brought a lawsuit against constitutional conservatism demanding control/power. Progressive socialism makes the claim that their ideological agenda is better, and the jury, the American people, must decide the case.

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    Congressman Allen B. West releases new book

    (The Old School Patriot) – Lieutenant Colonol (Ret) Allen B. West releases his new book “Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death”.

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    Former congressman Allen West speaks at College Republicans event

    (The Daily Northwestern) – “If we continue to be a nation that was on the path of compromising, appeasing, acquiescing to despots, dictators, theocrats and autocrats, then we put your future and the future of the United States of America at risk.”

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    Allen West: DC Protest on Guns – Another Case of Ideological Child Abuse

    (CNS News) – The issue of school safety can be solved, but for the left, that is not their aim. Their goal is to disarm Americans. And horribly so, they are willing to emotionally use and abuse our children to accomplish this.

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    West to Northwood audience: Stand for your values

    (Midland Daily News) – Former U.S. Congressman Lt. Colonel Allen West said his mother used to say, “Man must stand for something or fall for anything.”

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    The Yin and Yang of Politics

    (Townhall) – I found a definition of Yin and Yang to be, “In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang (also, yin-yang or yin yang) describes how opposite or contrary forces are actually complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.” It appears that our 2016 presidential election cycle is early on being defined by that philosophy.

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    Col. West: Restrict entry of military-age, single migrants

    (WND) – ’21st-century battlefield’ means U.S. must use fresh tactics to defeat ISIS, terror

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    Allen West warns of looming world war

    (WND) – Allen West, retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and former congressman from Florida, pointed to the recent downing of Russia’s jet by Turkish fire and said history buffs ought to beware: the next world war could be on its way.

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    Allen West: We’re on the Verge of a Major International Conflict

    By Allen West

    (CNS News) – Due to the weakness of the Obama administration — or perhaps the intentional decimation of our global influence and military capacity — we could be on the verge of a major conflict.

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    Former congressman: People don’t remember stories that made U.S. great

    (MRT News) – “We have too many people that are telling the stories of how to be dependent, and not how to create more opportunities in America,” West said. “That’s not the America we’re supposed to be.”

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    Meet the CEO: Allen West

    When the Dallas-based National Center for Policy Analysis went looking for a new top executive last year, the free-market think tank turned to Allen West—an outspoken former U.S. Representative from Florida’s 22nd District and a bona fide star of the tea party movement.

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    As a Global Leader, America Should Ditch the Export-Import Bank

    (Townhall) – The reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank is a bad idea on many levels. Yet, the Senate voted late Monday night to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank using a series of convoluted parliamentary procedures that blocked opposition and permitted the Export-Import Bank to bypass the normal law-making procedures. 

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    Iran Agreement: Déjà Vu All Over Again

    By Allen West

    (Townhall) – We awoke Tuesday morning to learn that history had indeed repeated itself. The lessons of Neville Chamberlain’s failed diplomatic effort were not studied nor learned by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry. The claims of “peace in our time” are empty if dependent upon the goodwill of despots, dictators, theocrats, and autocrats – of which the Iranian regime can be classified.

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    Foreign Policy & National Security Are Based Upon Campaign Promises

    By: Allen West

    (Townhall) – I am truly honored to be presenting my very first piece for the readers ofTownhall.com as a contributor. I started as a Townhall.com reader myself while on assignment as a civilian-military advisor to the Afghanistan National Army, 2005-2007, after having spent 22 years on active duty service to our Republic in the U.S. It is against that background that I wish to share my thoughts.

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    100 Most Influential African-American Republicans

    Congressman Allen West, voted #12 among the top 100 most influential African-American republicans.

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    Q&A with former Congressman Allen West

    (The Missouri Times) – Former Congressman and retired Army Lt. Col. Allen West will be heading to the Show Me State in two weeks, where he’ll be the keynote speaker at the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association’s ‘Straight Talk’ event.

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