Lt Col (ret) Allen West submitted his resignation as Chairman the Republican Party of Texas this morning. He will, however, remain in this position until a replacement is selected by the State Republican Executive Committee in July.
"It has been my distinct honor to serve as Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. I pray Godspeed for this governing body," West, 60, said in a statement. It is thought that he is considering running for another office, perhaps a gubernatorial run to replace the current Governor Abbott who is up for re-election for a third term in 2022. He has been asked by so many Texans to consider such a run. Another option could be to run for Congress.
West retired from the United States Army as a Lieutenant Colonel and is a former one-term congressman from Florida. He and his family moved to Texas several years ago for a job. Then last summer he was elected Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas at the Texas Republican convention.
Colonel West has been a huge supporter of the grassroots. Coming out of the Tea Party movement, he has worked tirelessly to get the legislative priorities, which were voted on by the convention delegates, passed during this 87th legislative session. In addition, he worked to grow GOP support across the state from the Rio Grande Valley to our rural base as well as the underserved urban areas. He believes in and promotes an America that is free and a Texas that stands by and protects the principles the men at the Alamo fought for.