Allen West was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, in the same neighborhood where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once preached. He is the third of four generations of military members in his family. During his twenty-two year army career he commanded troops and was deployed to several combat zones. He was elected to Congress in 2010, representing the twenty-second district of Florida for one term. A frequent commentator on Fox News and a sought-after speaker, he lives with his family in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.