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Allen West entered the U.S. Army after graduating from the University of Tennessee in 1983. He later received a master’s degree in political science from Kansas State University and a degree in political theory and military history and operations from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer College. In 2003, due to an incident that involved the beating and simulated execution of an Iraqi policeman, West was fined $5000 and retired from the military as a lieutenant colonel. West was elected as the U.S. Representative from Florida’s 22nd District in 2010, making him the first African-American Congressman from Florida since 1876. In Congress, he served on the Armed Services and Small Business Committees and was a high-profile member of the Tea Party Caucus. West is currently president and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to develop and promote private, free market alternatives to government regulation. West is a Life and Endowment Member of the National Rifle Association. In May 2016 he was elected to a three-year term on the NRA Board of Directors.