Allen West resigns as Texas GOP chair

Texas GOP Chairman Allen West announced his resignation Friday morning. He shared the news on his Facebook page saying he's been "humbled and blessed by the opportunity to serve."

A press release says West will remain chair until a successor is selected on July 11, according to the Texas GOP. 

"It has been my distinct honor to serve as Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. I pray Godspeed for this governing body," West said. 

West was born and raised in Atlanta, and served in the military for years before being elected in Nov. 2010 to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District. 

West is also the former Executive Director of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas, and former Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

In July 2020, West was elected Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas.

West said he will take this time to prayerfully reflect on a new chapter in his career. According to the Texas Tribune, West has not ruled out challenging Gov. Greg Abbott. 

"The Republican Party of Texas wishes to express our sincere gratitude for his numerous contributions during his tenure. His efforts have been greatly appreciated by staff and grassroots alike," the party said.

West took over as chairman of the Texas GOP a little less than a year ago after unseating incumbent James Dickey. 

Throughout his tenure atop the state party, West put himself at odds with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) over his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. West hasn’t ruled out challenging Abbott in his 2022 reelection bid.

Abbott has already drawn one primary challenge, from former state Sen. Don Huffines (R). In a sign of strength for Abbott’s chances next year, former President Trump handed the governor an early endorsement this week.