Gary Palmer

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Gary Palmer
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U.S. House, Alabama, District 6
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Alabama
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Gary Palmer is the 2014 Republican representative-elect to the U.S. House to represent the 6th Congressional District of Alabama.[1] He defeated Mark Lester (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]


Palmer earned a B.S. in Operations Management from the University of Alabama. He also received an honorary doctorate from the University of Mobile. Palmer spent 24 years as the leader of the Alabama Policy Institute (API), a research organization whose purpose is "to identify, develop and promote sound public policies that emphasize a limited government, free markets, the rule of law and strong families." Palmer also served on Governor Robert Bentley's Alabama Commission on Improving State Government.[3]


Campaign themes


Palmer's campaign website listed the following issues:[4]

  • Obamacare
Excerpt: "The problem with Obamacare is not the website or the rollout. The problem with Obamacare is what it’s trying to impose upon the American people. For the first time in our nation’s history you are being forced to buy a government product -- or pay a penalty."
  • National Debt
Excerpt: "Most career politicians don’t want to talk about the debt. Most Americans don’t realize how deep in debt we are as a nation, or how fast it has escalated under this President, and so politicians aren’t held accountable for it. But it’s absolutely critical for people to understand it. Our national debt now exceeds $17.2 trillion and we are going deeper in debt by the minute. Yet the Obama Administration and Congress refuse to adequately address the problem and instead continue to spend."
Excerpt: "Common Core is a nation-wide effort that claims to ensure that our future labor force is prepared to compete in the competitive global economy. Common Core is a national framework of goals and assessments (tests) being promoted by the National Governor’s Association working in conjunction with state school administrators and private foundations. It seeks to establish a national framework for nationally unified curriculum standards. It sounds reasonable in its intent. However, what it will produce, according to national policy experts, is essentially a unified, national curriculum for America’s local schools."
  • Right to Life
Excerpt: "Life is sacred, it is granted by God and protected by the Constitution. It is the duty of government to protect the right to life. I will vote to protect the right to life."
  • Taxes
Excerpt: "The federal government doesn’t have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem. Raising taxes is not the answer. I will not support a tax increase."



See also: Alabama's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

Palmer won election in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Alabama's 6th District. Palmer and Paul DeMarco advanced past the Republican primary on June 3, 2014. Palmer went on to defeat DeMarco in the primary runoff election on July 15, 2014.[5][6] He defeated Mark Lester (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]

U.S. House, Alabama District 6 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Palmer 76.2% 135,945
     Democratic Mark Lester 23.7% 42,291
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 213
Total Votes 178,449
Source: Alabama Secretary of State
U.S. House, Alabama District 6 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPaul DeMarco 32.7% 30,894
Green check mark transparent.pngGary Palmer 19.7% 18,655
Scott Beason 15.3% 14,451
Chad Mathis 15.3% 14,420
Will Brooke 13.9% 13,130
Tom Vigneulle 2.5% 2,397
Robert Shattuck 0.6% 587
Total Votes 94,534
Source: Alabama Secretary of State


Palmer was endorsed by former primary candidates Will Brooke, Scott Beason and Chad Mathis in his primary runoff battle against Paul DeMarco.[7]

Palmer also received the endorsements of former U.S. Senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum and Governor of Indiana Mike Pence.[8]

For a full list of Palmer's endorsements, click here.

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Palmer's reports.

Gary Palmer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[9]January 31, 2014$0$256,550$(6,822)$249,727
April Quarterly[10]April 15, 2014$249,727$148,445$(213,607)$184,564
Pre-Primary[11]May 22, 2014$184,564$228,610$(268,392)$144,782
Pre-Runoff[12]July 3, 2014$144,782$344,965$(351,583)$138,164
July Quarterly[13]July 15, 2014$138,164$107,997$(65,369)$180,791
October Quarterly[14]October 8, 2014$180,791$424,362$(435,100)$170,054
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