5. Allen Bernard West, Republican U.S. Representative who represents Florida’s 22nd congressional district, serving since January 2011. He is the first African-American Republican Congressman from Florida since Josiah T. Walls left office in 1876 near the end of Reconstruction.
West served in the United States Army in Iraq and was a civilian adviser in Afghanistan. With 20 plus years of active duty service in the United States Army, he achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel, electing to retire after an investigation of his conduct during the interrogation of a detainee in Taji, Iraq.