Fowler West served more than 20 years on Capitol Hill, where in addition to serving as Administrative Assistant to former Rep. W. R. Poage of Texas and Staff Director of the House Committee on Agriculture under Chairman Poage and former House Speaker Thomas S. Foley, he worked on major agricultural, conservation, rural development, credit, nutrition and foreign food aid programs, including several major farm bills.
Fowler left Capitol Hill to serve two terms as a Commissioner at the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). At the CFTC, his work focused on the system of self-regulation in the futures industry, customer protection, alternate dispute resolution (including arbitration, mediation and reparations), coordination with state securities regulation, and financial literacy in public schools. Fowler also chaired the advisory committee on CFTC/State Cooperation. While at the CFTC, he published several articles on regulatory issues and regulatory coordination.