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Steven McCarty Palazzo /pəˈlɑːzoʊ/ (born February 21, 1970) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Mississippi's 4th congressional district
Mississippi's 4th congressional district
since 2011. The district takes in most of Mississippi's share of the Gulf Coast and includes Biloxi, Gulfport, Pascagoula, Laurel and Hattiesburg. He is a member of the Republican Party. Palazzo defeated 10-term Democratic incumbent Gene Taylor with 52% to 47% of the vote in the 2010 mid-term election. Previously, he served in the Mississippi
House of Representatives, having represented District 116 from 2006 to 2011. Palazzo again defeated Taylor in the June 2014 Republican primary election. Taylor switched parties in a bid to return to his former House seat.[2]


1 Early life, education, and military service 2 Mississippi
House of Representatives

2.1 Elections 2.2 Tenure 2.3 Committee assignments

3 U.S. House of Representatives

3.1 Elections

3.1.1 2010 3.1.2 2012 3.1.3 2014 3.1.4 2016

3.2 Tenure 3.3 Legislation 3.4 Committee assignments

4 Personal life 5 Controversy 6 References 7 External links

Early life, education, and military service[edit] Palazzo was born February 21, 1970 in Gulfport.[3] He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve
Marine Corps Reserve
in 1988, and served with the 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company in the Persian Gulf War. He currently serves in the Mississippi
Army National Guard. He received a Bachelor's
and MPA from the University of Southern Mississippi, and is a member of the Sigma Chi
Sigma Chi
fraternity. He graduated from Gulfport High School
Gulfport High School
in 1988. He is a Certified Public Accountant. Mississippi
House of Representatives[edit] Elections[edit] In April 2006, incumbent Republican State Representative Leonard Bentz of Mississippi's 116th House District resigned because he was appointed to the Mississippi
Public Service Commission. Palazzo defeated Democratic candidate Maryann Graczyk, an education lobbyist, and Republican George Emile, a funeral home director, 51%–26%–24%.[4] In 2007, running unopposed, he was elected to a full term.[5] Tenure[edit] Palazzo was awarded the 2009 Elected Official of the Year from the MS Wildlife Federation. The Mississippi
Business Journal and the Sun Herald (2005) named Palazzo as a Top Business Leader under 40.[6] Committee assignments[edit] He served on the Banking and Financial Services, Juvenile Justice, Labor, Select Committee on the Gulf Coast Disaster, and the Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Committees.[3] U.S. House of Representatives[edit] Elections[edit] 2010[edit] See also: United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
elections in Mississippi, 2010 § District 4 Palazzo entered the Republican primary for Mississippi's 4th congressional district and won the nomination with 57% of the vote. He faced 10-term Democratic incumbent Gene Taylor in the general election. Although the 4th had turned almost solidly Republican at the federal level, Taylor held the seat without serious difficulty from 1996 onward. His voting record had been very conservative even by Mississippi
Democratic standards, and he'd often broken with his party. Palazzo established himself as Taylor's strongest opponent since 1996. In particular, he attacked Taylor for supporting Nancy Pelosi for House Speaker in 2006 and 2008.[7] He was endorsed by Sarah Palin and in the November 2010 general election, Palazzo defeated Taylor 52%–47%.[8] 2012[edit] See also: United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
elections in Mississippi, 2012 § District 4 In the Republican primary, he defeated two challengers with 74% of the vote.[9] In the November election, he defeated Democratic candidate Matthew Moore 64%–29%.[10] 2014[edit] See also: United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
elections in Mississippi, 2014 § District 4 In the Republican primary, Palazzo faced four challengers, including his predecessor, Taylor. Palazzo won 50.5% of the vote while Taylor won 43% of the vote. Three minor candidates made up the remaining percentage. Taylor actively campaigned and drew large numbers of Democrats into the Republican primary.[11] Palazzo was targeted by the Club for Growth.[12] On Nov. 4th 2014, Palazzo easily defeated his 2012 opponent, Matt Moore, 69.9% to 24.3%; four minor party or independent candidates accounted for 3.8% of the vote.[13] 2016[edit] In the Republican primary, Palazzo ran unopposed for the first time in his political career. On November 8, Palazzo garnered 65.2% of the vote defeating Democrat Mark Gladney and two minor candidates.[14] Tenure[edit] Palazzo voted with his Republican colleagues to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment, and force to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In February 2017, Palazzo began to face many calls from his constituents to attend town halls. One on the Gulf Coast, in Long Beach, was organized. A similar meeting was organized in the Pine Belt city of Hattiesburg. Palazzo, along with Mississippi's two senators, has refused to attend.[15] This continued his habit of refusing to meet or take calls from the people of the 4th District, which has become a hallmark of his third and fourth terms in Congress.[16] Legislation[edit] Palazzo was one of the initial co-sponsors of the Social Media Working Group Act of 2014 (H.R. 4263; 113th Congress), a bill that would direct the United States
United States
Secretary of Homeland Security to establish within the United States
United States
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) a social media working group (the Group) to provide guidance and best practices to the emergency preparedness and response community on the use of social media technologies before, during, and after a terrorist attack.[17] Palazzo stated that "social media has played a crucial role in emergency preparedness and response in Mississippi, including during disasters like Hurricane Isaac and the tornadoes that hit the Hattiesburg area a little over a year ago."[18] He said that their goal with the bill was to "build upon existing public-private partnerships and use social media in a more strategic way in order to help save lives and property."[18] On April 7, 2014, Palazzo introduced the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2014 (H.R. 4412; 113th Congress), a bill that would authorize the appropriation of $17.6 billion in fiscal year 2014 to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).[19][20] NASA would use the funding for human exploration of space, the Space Launch System, the Orion multipurpose crew vehicle, the commercial crew program, the International Space Station (ISS), and various technological and educational projects.[19][21] Palazzo said that "American leadership in space depends on our ability to put people and sound policy ahead of politics."[21] Committee assignments[edit]

Committee on Armed Services

Subcommittee on Readiness Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces

Committee on Science, Space and Technology

Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics (Chairman) Subcommittee on Research and Science Education Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight

Personal life[edit] Palazzo divorced the former Lisa M. Belvin in April 2016.[22] He is a member of the Rotary, VFW, NRA, MS Society of CPAs, USM Alumni Association; Boys & Girls Club Board Member; Marine Corps Association and AICPA. Controversy[edit] Prior to the 2016 general election, Libertarian challenger Ric McCluskey accused Palazzo of not being truthful about his service in the National Guard, claiming Palazzo failed to show up for mandatory drills.[23] Mississippi
State Representative David Baria sent a letter to the National Guard inquiring them to looking into Palazzo’s hours of service. Baria said the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI) was investigating the claims.[24] Palazzo denied the claims, stating, "This is a ridiculous accusation and a desperate attempt to smear a soldier’s service solely for political gain."[25] On August 3, 2017, Republican challenger E. Brian Rose presented documents he said raised questions about Palazzo's military service record.[26] Rose said the documents revealed Palazzo fraudulently sought discharge from the National Guard, based on false claims of financial, family, and community hardships. ABC affiliate WLOX verified Rose's documents, stating, " WLOX
has verified through an independent source that the documents are authentic."[27] Palazzo acknowledged the documents by saying, "Not once have I ever denied that I requested this waiver more than a decade ago," but went on to call the revelation a "disgusting" attack on his family and his character.[28] References[edit]

^ "Once a Soldier... Always a Soldier" (PDF). Legislative Agenda. Association of the United States
United States
Army. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 21, 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013.  ^ "Cameron Joseph, Ex-Rep. switches parties to run again". Thehill.com. Retrieved March 1, 2014.  ^ a b https://web.archive.org/web/20100511074353/http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/members/house/palazzo.xml. Archived from the original on May 11, 2010. Retrieved June 3, 2010.  Missing or empty title= (help) ^ "MS State House 116 – Special
Election Race – Nov 07, 2006". Ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2015-03-14.  ^ "MS State House 116 Race – Nov 06, 2007". Ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2015-03-14.  ^ " Steven Palazzo
Steven Palazzo
– U.S. Congress". Palazzoforcongress.com. Retrieved 2015-03-14.  ^ "Taylor: I voted for McCain – Jessica Taylor". Politico.Com. Retrieved 2010-11-03.  ^ "MS – District 04 Race – Nov 02, 2010". Ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2015-03-14.  ^ "MS District 04 – R Primary Race – Mar 13, 2012". Ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2015-03-14.  ^ "MS – District 04 Race – Nov 06, 2012". Ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2015-03-14.  ^ "Palazzo defeats Taylor in 4th Congressional District primary". Msbusiness.com. 2014-06-05. Retrieved 2015-03-14.  ^ Jaffe, Alexandra (February 27, 2013). " Club for Growth
Club for Growth
targeting 9 'RINO' Republicans for primary challenges – The Hill's Ballot Box". Thehill.com. Retrieved February 19, 2015.  ^ "2014 General Elections". Sos.ms.gov. Retrieved 2015-03-14.  ^ "2016 Mississippi
House Election Results". 2016-11-11. Retrieved 2016-11-12.  ^ Keeton, Hugh. "Town hall crowd gathers in Long Beach, lawmakers no-show". Retrieved 2017-02-25.  ^ "Where's Steven Palazzo? Congressman elusive for some Coast constituents". sunherald. Retrieved 2017-02-25.  ^ "H.R. 4263 – Summary". United States
United States
Congress. Retrieved 7 July 2014.  ^ a b Thomas, Rachael (17 March 2014). "Palazzo Introduces Social Media Emergency Response Bill". Fox News 25 – WXXV. Archived from the original on 11 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014.  ^ a b "H.R. 4412 – Summary". United States
United States
Congress. Retrieved 9 June 2014.  ^ "CBO – H.R. 4412". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 9 June 2014.  ^ a b Marcos, Cristina (9 June 2014). "House passes NASA reauthorization". The Hill. Retrieved 10 June 2014.  ^ Bryan, Roger (2017-11-01). "GOP Congressman, Steve Palazzo, Drowning In Controversy". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-02-14.  ^ "myfox23.com". myfox23.com. Retrieved 2017-10-24.  ^ "Rep. David Baria Says FBI Investigating into Claims that Palazzo went AWOL - WXXV 25". WXXV 25. 2016-11-07. Retrieved 2017-10-24.  ^ "National Guard Looks into Claims against Congressman Steven Palazzo - WXXV 25". WXXV 25. 2016-10-28. Retrieved 2017-10-24.  ^ "Republican challenger Brian Rose says if anyone should be ashamed, it's Steven Palazzo". sunherald. Retrieved 2017-10-24.  ^ Elliott, David. "Congressional candidate releases documents on Rep. Palazzo's military record". Retrieved 2017-10-24.  ^ Elliott, David. "Congressional candidate releases documents on Rep. Palazzo's military record". Retrieved 2017-10-24. 

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Preceded by Gene Taylor Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Mississippi's 4th congressional district 2011–present Incumbent

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