PLANTATION, Fla. ( – Freshman U.S. Congressman Allen West and Representative Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s war of words gained headlines Wednesday; but it turns out, West has a lot riding on Wasserman-Schultz’s performance in Congress.

Congressman West represents the 22nd Congressional District in Florida. The gerrymandered district includes cities like Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, and Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.

But, Congressman West doesn’t live in the district that he serves. Congressman West actually lives in the 20th Congressional District which is represented by Wasserman-Schultz, according to campaign records and the Broward County Property Appraiser’s records.

So, as West battles Wasserman-Schultz over their disagreements on policy; he’s also dependent on her bringing in big money to the district they live in.

“He claims he represents the people; if you don’t live there how do you represent me,” asked veteran Dennis Pack.

“Sixty-five percent of his constituents are seniors and he’s voting to cut Medicare,” constituent Wanda Francis.

Another voter said he doesn’t understand the issues important to coastal residents because he lives in a suburb where problems are completely different.

“He voted for offshore drilling; we do not want rigs out there,” said voter Linda Eidinger.

And, it’s not illegal to not live in the district you represent, according to the United States Supreme Court. The high court said that only the Constitution can set the requirements for the House of Representatives and Senate.

When dealing with the House of Representatives, the Constitution says in Article 1, Section 2:

“No person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty-five years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.”

So while the state of Florida can force state representatives, senators, etc to live in the district they represent; the federal government can’t do that without amending the Constitution. In other words, a representative of a district in South Florida could actually live in Pensacola.

Congressman West isn’t the first to live outside the district he serves. Former Florida Representative Tim Mahoney had his legal residence in another district. Robert Wexler listed his mother-in-law’s home in Boca Raton in order to serve as a Florida representative, despite having his primary residence in Maryland.

Even former vice-president Dick Cheney changed his voter registration to Wyoming, where he owned a home, from Texas. Cheney did it because the President and Vice-President can’t inhabit the same state. Cheney had also represented Wyoming in Congress.

Congressman West’s office issued a statement to CBS4 saying: “The State of Florida is redrawing the District lines and no one knows what the boundaries of any congressional district will look like. The Congressman is waiting until the lines are drawn before he relocates into his own district.”

But until then, despite their vast political differences, Congressman West will continue to be represented by Congresswoman, and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

Comments (13)
  1. Dr. S. says:

    Congressman West “nailed” the truth and Wasserman Schultz and her cronies can’t handle it. The WH is the same and they need to stop the cry baby act. They try to “dish out” lies and twisted accusations but when they are called on these things they can’t “take it”.
    The truth is the truth and Congressman West does NOT need to appologise for speaking it! Stand tall and poud Cngressman West and know there are huge numbers of others who agree with you. Don’t become as dysfunctional as other members of congress have become.

    1. Rose says:

      Great Post! We are behind you Mr. West, even when the media is out to get you!!

  2. Dorothy Cameron says:

    Congressman West we are behind you all the way. you told the truth . They like to dish it out but can’t seem to take it. you don’t need to appologise for telling the truth. If she cant take it tell her to get out of the congress. .

  3. Arnold T. says:

    Wasserman Schultz should be apologizing to Congressman Allen West and seeking his forgiveness immediately. I totally agree with the first comment that there are huge numbers that agree with Congressman West.

  4. george copelin says:

    You people need to learn to spell.Water always seeks it’s own level.

    1. S. says:

      If that’s all you can discuss, then you’ve totally lost the sentiment of what the people are saying! So sad for you!

    2. LynCan says:

      Hey, George, it should be “Water always seeks its own level.” Maybe you could use a llesson yourself.

      1. JR says:

        Good catch on the very one who is pointing the finger for mistakes!

  5. george copelin says:

    This wasn’t a discussion..merely an observation. Also..the sentiment of what people? And what exactly are they saying? Vile..Despicable..Politics was not meant to be personal. It ‘s about doing what is right for the American people. Personal feuds serve no one.Don’t feel sad for me..feel sadness for the lack of civility..lack of tolerance.Do you happen to have a stone in your hand? Go ahead..Throw it..And I think you will!

    1. Arnold T. says:

      George, Wasserman Schultz has attacked Congressman West prior to her demagoguery on the floor of Congress as well as his wife. He sent a private email to her and she made it public in order to play the victim.
      I agree with you that there should be civility in the discourse but I have to agree also with Congressman West. He should not have to tolerate what she has done to him with this or in the past.

  6. george copeling says:

    I stand corrected you are right..I was wrong.I’ll try to be more careful in the future.

  7. george copelin says:

    Don’t know if you got my post of an apology.My only mistake was in punctuation.But I do thank you for pointing out my error. I see that I indeed could use more lessons. Feel free to proof-read me.Thank you LynCan.

  8. Bob says:

    Down with west! How can you stand behind a man, unless your gay! Debbie only brought up his policies she didn’t attack him personally. She didn’t say hey this guy is ugly she just stated what he stands for. For him to personally attack her for that is totally childish. If you think otherwise you must have not had parents who love you. Don’t try to argue. Your parents didn’t love u that is why your raised like a baboon. Down with west! Go Debbie! She was only doing her job, is west wants to hide from what he stands for he is a coward and I think he is very un-American verbally attacking a women. Where his is manners oh yea he was probably raised by neo-nazi conservatives and thinks he is white.

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