The Allen West Foundation says in 2010 West "became the first black representative from Florida to serve in the United House Representatives since Reconstruction."
Whoops....he left out a key word here: first Republican U.S. Representative since Reconstruction. West himself may not have crafted the wording on the website -- we've heard him accurately cite his role in history including the night of his victory party in November 2010 when he ousted Democrat Ron Klein in Broward/Palm Beach Congressional District 22.
Two years later due to redistricting, West moved to a Treasure Coast district and lost to Democrat Patrick Murphy.
For you history buffs, here is an interesting history of African-American members of Congress written by the Congressional Research Service. Florida has had seven African-American members starting with Republican Josiah T. Walls in 1871. A few black Democrats were elected in Florida in 1993: Corrine Brown, Alcee Hastings and Carrie Meek. In 2003, Meek's son Kendrick was elected and Frederica Wilson won along with West in 2010.
West speaks tomorrow at CPAC.