House of Representatives


Representative Josh West
District 5 -  Republican

Leadership

Majority Leader

Committees

Tourism, Chair
Appropriations and Budget
A&B Judiciary
Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget
Rules

Hometown

Grove

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County(s) Represented in District

Delaware, Mayes

Municipality(s) Represented in District

Bernice, Brush Creek, Bull Hollow, Butler, Cleora, Cloud Creek, Copeland, Deer Lick, Dennis, Disney, Dodge, Drowning Creek, Grand Lake Towne, Grove, Hoot Owl, Indianola, Jay, Kenwood, Ketchum, Langley, Leach, New Eucha, Old Eucha, Pensacola, Pump Back, Salina, Spavinaw, Strang, Sycamore, Tagg Flats, White Water, Wickliffe, Zena

Zipcode(s) Represented in District

74301, 74330, 74331, 74332, 74338, 74340, 74342, 74344, 74346, 74349, 74350, 74352, 74361, 74364, 74365, 74366, 74367

Year Elected

Year: 2016

Term Limited

Year: 2028

Biographical Information
PERSONAL:

Josh West currently serves as the Majority Leader of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He was first elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2016.

Josh also serves as the Chairman of the Tourism Committee, and is a member of the House Leadership team. He previously served as Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs and served as a Assistant Majority Floor Leader. In 2017, Josh started the Legislative Veterans Caucus, where he served as Co-Chairman from 2017-2019.

Born in Tulsa and raised in Grove, Josh is a 4th generation Delaware County native. Josh graduated Grove High School in 1995 and upon graduation, he was awarded a football scholarship to Missouri Valley college.

Josh has always had a heart to serve, and in 1996 he joined the United States Army, graduating basic training in 1997. During his time in the United States Army he was deployed multiple times, to include combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. On 16 October 2003, Josh was critically wounded in a firefight in Karbala Iraq. Josh was shot multiple times in both thighs, stomach and suffered a traumatic brain injury. During this firefight his Battalion Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Kim Orlando was killed along with Sergeant Joseph Bellavia and Corporal Sean Grilley. For his actions that night in Iraq, West earned the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with ā€œVā€ device for Valor. Josh was invited to the White House in March of 2019 for an executive order signing, as President Trump implemented the PREVENTS program, focusing on Veterans suicide. In August of 2019, Josh was awarded the inaugural Military Police Order of the Marechaussee Steel Award at a ceremony at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

His military awards and decorations include the following:
Bronze Star (V)
Purple Heart
Meritorious Service Medal
Army Commendation Medal (V)
Army Commendation Medal (4th Award)
Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award)
Army Good Conduct Medal (2nd Award)
National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award)
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
NCOPD Ribbon (2nd Award)
Army Service Ribbon
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Iraqi Campaign Medal
Combat Action Badge
Air Assault Badge
Expert Field Medical Badge

Josh was medically retired from the United States Army after nine years of service. Josh continued to serve his country as a private security contractor, serving in various overseas assignments.

Josh moved back home to Grove in 2010, where he lives with his wife Elizabeth and four children, Ethan, Walker, Katie and Aubrey. When not at the Capitol, Josh works as a L.E.A.N. Coordinator for Simmons Foods and his wife Elizabeth is a mental health provider and regional director for Grand Lake Mental Health Center. Ethan, Walker, Katie and Aubrey all attend Grove Public Schools. Josh continues to be involved in his community with various veterans groups, to include the VFW, and Military Order of the Purple Heart. Josh is also a board member for Delaware County Friendship Homes. The Wests attend Elk River Baptist Church in Grove.

LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:

House of Representatives, 56th Legislature to present