Uniformed and plainclothes Capitol Police officers provide security for arriving Members-elect during freshman orientation week in November.
“The biggest concern for my wife is her husband,” the Florida Republican said. “My wife does not want to see me lose my life. She has weathered the storm for 22 years of me being in combat zones, so it is a little bit stressful and tough on her.”
West also noted that he has a concealed weapon permit and has the option of carrying a weapon.
West said in a statement that he will “take the necessary precautions to keep myself, my family, my staff and the constituents of the 22nd District of Florida safe” at his events.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.