Friday, January 7, 2011

Allen West Lands Seat on Armed Services

The incoming congressman and retired lieutenant colonel has been appointed to the House Armed Services Committee, as well as the Small Business Committee.

"Congressman-elect West brings a lifetime of military experience to the committee,'' said incoming committee chair Rep. Buck McKeon. "His experience leading troops on the battlefield will benefit the committee, and the men and women of our Armed Forces, as we address the vital national security and defense issues of our nation."

West spent 22 years in the Army, including two tours in Iraq. He retired from the Army in 2004 with an honorable discharge after a 2003 incident in which he fired his gun near a suspect being questioned as West tried to obtain information about a planned attack on U.S. troops. He's said he did what he needed to protect his men and campaigned with various veterans groups during the campaign.

West said he was pleased to land on committees "important to the constituents of the 22nd District of Florida: "Protecting our troops and supporting America's small businesses are two of the most important objectives this Congress faces today," West said. "I believe my real life experiences in the military and representing a district built on the foundation of small businesses in South Florida, will provide me insight in these committees on Capitol Hill."

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