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|Status = Incumbent
 
|Tenure = January 3, 2011-Present
 
|Tenure = January 3, 2011-Present
|Term ends = January 3, 2015
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|Last election = [[Mississippi's 4th congressional district elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
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|Last election = [[Mississippi's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Cost per vote 2012 =$3.89
 
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|First elected = November 2, 2010
 
|First elected = November 2, 2010
 
|Term limits =
 
|Term limits =
|Next election = [[Mississippi's 4th congressional district elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Next election = November 8, 2016
 
|Campaign $=2,006,346
 
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|Prior office = Mississippi State House of Representatives
 
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|Bachelor's = University of Southern Mississippi
 
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|Place of birth = Gulfport, MS
 
|Place of birth = Gulfport, MS
 
|Profession = Accountant
 
|Profession = Accountant
|Net worth = $3,304,512
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|Net worth = (2012) $1,123,512
 
|Religion = Roman Catholic
 
|Religion = Roman Catholic
 
|Office website =http://palazzo.house.gov/
 
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{{tnr}}'''Steven McCarty Palazzo''' (b. February 21, 1970) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] representing [[Mississippi]]'s 4th congressional district. Palazzo was first elected to the House in 2010.  He won re-election in 2012.
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{{tnr}}'''Steven McCarty Palazzo''' (b. February 21, 1970, in Gulfport, [[Mississippi|MS]]) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] representing [[Mississippi]]'s 4th Congressional District. Palazzo was first elected to the House in 2010.  
  
Palazzo previously served in the [[Mississippi State Senate]] from 2007-2010.<ref name="bioguide"/>
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He previously served in the [[Mississippi State Senate]] from 2007-2010.<ref name="bioguide"/>
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Palazzo {{2014isrunning}} for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. He defeated challengers [[Matt Moore]] (D), [[Joey Robinson]] (I), [[Sarge Jackson]] (RP), [[Cindy Burleson]] (I) and [[Ed Reich]] (I) in the general election.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2014-election/results/map/house/ ''Politico'', "House Election Results," accessed November 17, 2014]</ref> He won the Republican nomination in the primary election on June 3, 2014, before retaining his seat by winning the general election on November 4, 2014.
  
 
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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
Palazzo was born in 1970 in Gulfoport, MS. After graduating from St. Johns High School, he went on to earn his B.S. and M.P.A. from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1994 and 1996, respectivley. Prior to his political career, Palazzo worked as an accountant and small business owner. He has also served in both the United States Marine Corps Reserve and the Mississippi Army National Guard, and is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War.<ref name="bioguide">[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=P000601 ''Biographical Guide to Members of Congress'' "Steven Palazzo" Accessed December 3, 2011]</ref>
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Palazzo was born in 1970 in Gulfport, MS. After graduating from St. Johns High School, he went on to earn his B.S. and M.P.A. from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1994 and 1996, respectively. Prior to his political career, Palazzo worked as an accountant and small business owner, starting a CPA firm with his wife.<ref name=about>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://www.palazzoforcongress.com/about ''Steven Palazzo for Congress'', "About Steven," accessed October 14, 2014]</ref> He had also served in both the United States Marine Corps Reserve and the Mississippi Army National Guard, and is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War.<ref name="bioguide">[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=P000601 ''Biographical Guide to Members of Congress'', "Steven Palazzo," accessed December 3, 2011]</ref>
  
 
==Career==
 
==Career==
Below is an abbreviated outline of Palazzo's professional and political career<ref name="bioguide"/>:
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Below is an abbreviated outline of Palazzo's professional and political career:<ref name="bioguide"/>
*United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1988-1996
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*Mississippi Army National Guard, 2007-Present
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*2011-Present: U.S. Representative from [[Mississippi's 4th Congressional District]]
*Mississippi State House of Representatives, 2007-2010
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*2007-Present: Mississippi Army National Guard  
*U.S. House of Representatives, 3rd Congressional District of Mississippi, 2009-Present
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*2007-2011: [[Mississippi House of Representatives|Mississippi State House of Representatives]]
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*1988-1996: United States Marine Corps Reserve
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
 
===U.S. House===
 
===U.S. House===
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====2015-2016====
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Palazzo serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/committee_info/oal.aspx ''U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk'', "Committee Information," accessed February 18, 2015]</ref>
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services|Armed Services Committee]]
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security|Homeland Security Committee]]
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology|Science, Space, and Technology Committee]]
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====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
Palazzo serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com,'' "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"]</ref>
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Palazzo served on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com'', "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 22, 2013]</ref>
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services|Armed Services Committee]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services|Armed Services Committee]]
 
**Subcommittee on Readiness
 
**Subcommittee on Readiness
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security|Homeland Security Committee]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security|Homeland Security Committee]]
 
**Subcommittee on Border, Maritime Security
 
**Subcommittee on Border, Maritime Security
**Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications
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**Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications ''Vice Chair''
 
*[[United States House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology]]
 
*[[United States House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology]]
 
**Subcommittee on Research and Science Education
 
**Subcommittee on Research and Science Education
**Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics - ''Chair''
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**Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics - ''Chairman''
  
 
====2011-2012====
 
====2011-2012====
Palazzo served on the following House committees<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/committee_info/oal.aspx ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed December 3, 2011]</ref>:
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Palazzo served on the following House committees:<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/committee_info/oal.aspx ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'', "House of Representatives Committee Assignments," accessed December 3, 2011]</ref>
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services|Armed Services Committee]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services|Armed Services Committee]]
 
**Subcommittee on Sea Power and Projection Forces
 
**Subcommittee on Sea Power and Projection Forces
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**Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics ''Chairman''
 
**Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics ''Chairman''
  
==Issues==
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==Key votes==
===Targeted by Club for Growth Action===
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===113th Congress===
In February 2013, the [[Club for Growth]] Action, a fiscally conservative Super PAC, launched a website called "www.PrimaryMyCongressman.com." According to the Club for Growth Action, "the purpose of the website is to raise awareness of Republicans In Name Only (RINOs) who are currently serving in safe Republican seats....The website will offer Club members and the general public the opportunity to recommend primary opponents to the incumbents highlighted by Club for Growth Action, as well as to recommend primary challengers for any Republican member of Congress. Club for Growth Action will rotate liberal Republicans through the website to highlight their failed records on limiting government." Palazzo was one of the first nine incumbent Republicans to be targeted by the site, which gave him a lifetime Club for Growth rating of 69%.<ref>[http://blogs.idahostatesman.com/club-for-growth-targets-idahos-simpson-for-defeat-in-2014/ ''Idaho Statesman,'' "Club for Growth targets Idaho Rep. Simpson for defeat in 2014," February 27, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/13/club-for-growth-leads-conservative-charge-sometimes-at-republicans/?ref=politics ''The New York Times,'' "Club for Growth Leads Conservative Charge, Sometimes at Republicans," March 13, 2013]</ref>
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===Specific votes===
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===National security===
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====American intervention in Syria====
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: ''See also: [[United States involvement in Syria]]''
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Palazzo signed a letter asking President Obama to "consult and receive authorization from Congress before ordering the use of U.S. military force in Syria."  The letter was sent August 28, 2013.<ref name=vote>[http://votesmart.org/public-statement/807645/letter-to-president-barack-obama-consult-congress-on-syria#.UjT-wj-mUrg ''Project Vote Smart'', "Palazzo's Political Summary," accessed September 14, 2013]</ref>
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====NDAA====
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{{Yea vote}} Palazzo supported HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.<ref name=ns>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/69521/steven-palazzo?categoryId=61&type=V,S,R,E,F,P#.UkXLMxCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart'', "Representative Steven Palazzo's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 27, 2013]</ref>
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====DHS Appropriations====
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{{Yea vote}} Palazzo supported HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.<ref name=ns/>
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====Keystone Pipeline Amendment====
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{{Nay vote}} Palazzo opposed House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.<ref name=ns/>
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====CISPA (2013)====
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{{Yea vote}} Palazzo supported HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:h.r.624: ''The Library of Congress'', "Bill Summary & Status - 113th Congress (2013 - 2014) - H.R.624," accessed August 27, 2013]</ref> The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.<ref name=ns/>
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===Economy===
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====Farm Bill====
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: ''See also: [[United States Farm Bill 2013]]''
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{{Yea vote}}
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Palazzo supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013.  The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/69521/steven-palazzo?categoryId=4&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E#.UkXMERCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart'', "Palazzo on agriculture," accessed September 27, 2013]</ref>  The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.<ref>[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/12/us/politics/house-bill-would-split-farm-and-food-stamp-programs.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0 ''New York Times'', "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013]</ref>
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====Government shutdown====
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:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
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{{Yea vote}} On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.<ref name=clerk>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref> At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. [[Harry Reid]] rejected the call to conference.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/government-shutdown-how-we-got-here?bffb ''Buzzfeed'', "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref> Palazzo voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.<ref name=clerk/>
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{{Nay vote}} The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the [[United States Senate|Senate]]. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from [[Republican]] members. Palazzo voted against HR 2775.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll550.xml ''U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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===Immigration===
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====Morton Memos Prohibition====
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{{Yea vote}} Palazzo supported House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:hamdt136: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013]</ref> The vote largely followed party lines.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/69521/steven-palazzo?categoryId=40&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E,E#.UkXMYRCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart'', "Representative Steven Palazzo's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 27, 2013]</ref>
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===Healthcare===
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====Obamacare====
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{{Yea vote}}
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Palazzo supported repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Healthcare-Related Provisions in the Healthcare and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.<ref name=vote/>
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===Social issues===
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====Abortion====
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{{Yea vote}} Palazzo supported HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/69521/steven-palazzo?categoryId=2&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E,E,E,E#.UkXNaRCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart'', "Palazzo on abortion," accessed September 27, 2013]</ref>
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===Government affairs===
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====HR 676====
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{{Obama lawsuit GOP Yes|Name= Palazzo}}
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===Previous congressional sessions===
 
====Fiscal Cliff====
 
====Fiscal Cliff====
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{{Nay vote}}
Palazzo voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels.  He was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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Palazzo voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels.  He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257-167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'', "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
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==Issues==
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
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[[File:s030_090.gif|right|290px|thumb|Steven Palazzo's Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2012.asp?quiz=Pres2012 VoteMatch] analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Palazzo is a '''Libertarian-Leaning Conservative.''' Palazzo received a score of 28 percent on social issues and 86 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
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{{Ontheissues vote quiz|Name=Palazzo|Date=2014|Ref=<ref name="ontheissues">[https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://House.OnTheIssues.org/House/Steven_Palazzo.htm ''On The Issues'', "Steven Palazzo Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014]</ref>
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|Abortion= Strongly Opposes
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|Hiring= Opposes
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|Marriage= Strongly Opposes
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|God= Unknown
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|ObamaCare=Strongly Opposes
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|Social Security= Unknown
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|School Choice= Strongly Favors
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|Animals=Favors
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|Crime= Strongly Favors
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|Guns= Strongly Favors
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|Taxes=Strongly Opposes
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|Citizenship=Strongly Opposes
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|Free Trade= Unknown
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|United Nations=Strongly Favors
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|Military=Unknown
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|Campaign Funds= Unknown
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|Iran=Strongly Opposes
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|Energy=Strongly Opposes
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|Marijuana=Unknown
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|Stimulus=Opposes
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===WWII Memorial===
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A group of World War II veterans associated with the Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight wanting to pay their respects at the WWII Memorial were denied access to the memorial due to the government shutdown in October 2013. The group instead went around the barriers to gain entry. Many congressional members from both parties spoke their approval of the move, including Sen. [[Sherrod Brown]] and Rep. [[Michele Bachmann]]. Rep. [[Steve King]] and Rep. Palazzo aided the veterans by distracting park police and helping move the gates.<ref>[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/01/wwii-veterans-memorial_n_4023667.html ''Huffington Post'', "Badass WWII Veterans Storm Memorial On National Mall, Defy Government Shutdown Closure," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref>
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===Controversy===
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====Federal aid in Mississippi====
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In a speech at the Biloxi Visitors Center, Palazzo's opponent in the 2014 [[Republican]] primary, [[Gene Taylor]], actively campaigned against Palazzo, attacking him for voting against federal aid after Hurricane Sandy. In his speech, Taylor argued that Mississippi greatly needed federal aid after Hurricane Katrina, highlighting the importance of federal aid for storm relief. Taylor also criticized Palazzo for wanting to cut the military budget, claiming that this would hurt military bases and thereby national defense as a whole.<ref>[http://www.sunherald.com/2014/03/31/5460104/taylor-wastes-no-time-going-after.html ''Sun Herald'', "Taylor wastes no time going after Palazzo in Mississippi's 4th District," accessed April 3, 2014]</ref>
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===Club for Growth website===
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In February 2013, the [[Club for Growth]] Action, a fiscally conservative Super PAC, launched a website called "[http://www.primarymycongressman.com/ www.PrimaryMyCongressman.com]." According to the Club for Growth Action, "the purpose of the website was to raise awareness of Republicans In Name Only (RINOs) who are currently serving in safe Republican seats....The website will offer Club members and the general public the opportunity to recommend primary opponents to the incumbents highlighted by Club for Growth Action, as well as to recommend primary challengers for any Republican member of Congress. Club for Growth Action will rotate liberal Republicans through the website to highlight their failed records on limiting government." Palazzo was one of the first nine incumbent Republicans to be targeted by the site, which gave him a lifetime Club for Growth rating of 69 percent.<ref>[http://blogs.idahostatesman.com/club-for-growth-targets-idahos-simpson-for-defeat-in-2014/ ''Idaho Statesman'', "Club for Growth targets Idaho Rep. Simpson for defeat in 2014," accessed February 27, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/13/club-for-growth-leads-conservative-charge-sometimes-at-republicans/?ref=politics ''The New York Times'', "Club for Growth Leads Conservative Charge, Sometimes at Republicans," accessed March 13, 2013]</ref>
  
 
===Campaign themes===
 
===Campaign themes===
 
====2012====
 
====2012====
The followings themes were outlined on Palazzo's campaign website.
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The following themes were outlined on Palazzo's campaign website.<ref>[http://palazzoforcongress.com/issues/ ''Steven Palazzo'', "Issues," accessed October 11, 2012]</ref>
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{{quote|
 
*'''I Believe'''
 
*'''I Believe'''
Excerpt: "I believe in personal responsibility, limited government, free markets, individual liberty, traditional Mississippi values and strong national security. The primary role of government is to provide and protect our freedom to pursue Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."<ref>[http://palazzoforcongress.com/issues/ ''Steven Palazzo'' "Issues," October 11, 2012]</ref>
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Excerpt: "I believe in personal responsibility, limited government, free markets, individual liberty, traditional Mississippi values and strong national security. The primary role of government is to provide and protect our freedom to pursue Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
  
 
*'''Mississippi Values'''
 
*'''Mississippi Values'''
Excerpt: "God, Family, and Country!"<ref>[http://palazzoforcongress.com/issues/ ''Steven Palazzo'' "Issues," October 11, 2012]</ref>
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Excerpt: "God, Family, and Country!"
  
 
*'''Constitution'''
 
*'''Constitution'''
Excerpt: "When I joined the Marine Corps in 1988, I took an oath to protect and defend the constitution of the United States of America against all enemies both domestic and foreign. That was 22 years ago and I continue to live by that oath as a Mississippi Legislator and Citizen-Soldier."<ref>[http://palazzoforcongress.com/issues/ ''Steven Palazzo'' "Issues," October 11, 2012]</ref>
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Excerpt: "When I joined the Marine Corps in 1988, I took an oath to protect and defend the constitution of the United States of America against all enemies both domestic and foreign. That was 22 years ago and I continue to live by that oath as a Mississippi Legislator and Citizen-Soldier."
  
 
*'''State Legislator'''
 
*'''State Legislator'''
Excerpt: "As a state legislator, I have a proven record of conservatism and fighting for my district on issues important to South Mississippi."<ref>[http://palazzoforcongress.com/issues/ ''Steven Palazzo'' "Issues," October 11, 2012]</ref>
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Excerpt: "As a state legislator, I have a proven record of conservatism and fighting for my district on issues important to South Mississippi."
  
 
*'''Sanctity of Marriage'''
 
*'''Sanctity of Marriage'''
Excerpt: "Marriage is between a man and a woman. The federal government should not be allowed to change the values set by individual states."<ref>[http://palazzoforcongress.com/issues/ ''Steven Palazzo'' "Issues," October 11, 2012]</ref>
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Excerpt: "Marriage is between a man and a woman. The federal government should not be allowed to change the values set by individual states."
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==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2014===
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::''See also: [[Mississippi's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
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Palazzo {{2014isrunning}} for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. He defeated [[Matt Moore]] (D), [[Joey Robinson]] (Libertarian), [[Sarge Jackson]] (Reform), [[Cindy Burleson]] (I) and [[Ed Reich]] (I) in the general election on November 4, 2014. He won the Republican nomination in the primary election on June 3, 2014.
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===2012===
 
===2012===
:: ''See also: [[Mississippi's 4th congressional district elections, 2012]]''
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:: ''See also: [[Mississippi's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012]]''
  
Palazzo won the election.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/results/house/mississippi/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, Mississippi"]</ref> Palazzo was seeking re-election in 2012.<ref>[http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20120107/NEWS/201070343/1001/RSS01 ''Clarion Ledger'' "3 congressmen file to run again" Accessed January 13, 2012]</ref> On March 13, he fended off primary challenges from [[Cindy Burleson]] and [[Ron Vincent]].  He faced [[Michael Herrington]] ([[Democratic]]), [[Ron Williams]] ([[Libertarian]]), and [[Robert W. Claunch]] ([[Reform Party|Reform]]) in the November 2012 general election.<ref>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/MS_Page_0313.html?SITE=WAPTTVELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''WAPT 16'' "Unofficial Mississippi Primary Results," March 13, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.sos.ms.gov/elections/electionresults/Republican%20Certification_2012%20Primary.pdf Mississippi Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"]</ref>
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Palazzo won the election.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/results/house/mississippi/ ''Politico'', "2012 Election Map, Mississippi," accessed November 6, 2012]</ref> On March 13, he fended off primary challenges from [[Cindy Burleson]] and [[Ron Vincent]].  He faced [[Michael Herrington]] ([[Democratic]]), [[Ron Williams]] ([[Libertarian]]) and [[Robert W. Claunch]] ([[Reform Party|Reform]]) in the November 2012 general election.<ref>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/MS_Page_0313.html?SITE=WAPTTVELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''WAPT 16'', "Unofficial Mississippi Primary Results," accessed March 13, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.sos.ms.gov/elections/electionresults/Republican%20Certification_2012%20Primary.pdf ''Mississippi Secretary of State'', "2012 Primary Results"]</ref>
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{{youtube|title=NB7KeR0TwBc|size=250|caption=Steven Palazzo, "Danger of Defense Cuts"<ref>[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NB7KeR0TwBc&list=UUtPOy2vRbN2nD8dQPSOTXeA&index=3&feature=plcp ''YouTube'', "Danger of Defense Cuts"]</ref>}}
 
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{{Primary election box 2012
 
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|party= Republican
 
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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===Fundraising events===
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The below chart from [http://members-of-congress.findthebest.com/l/479/Steven-M-Palazzo Find The Best] tracks the fundraising events Palazzo attends.
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===Comprehensive donor history===
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
|Name=Palazzo
 
|Name=Palazzo
 
|year=2010
 
|year=2010
 
|Editdate=May 16, 2013  
 
|Editdate=May 16, 2013  
|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=2012&cid=N00031958&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Steven Palazzo" Accessed May 16, 2013]</ref>
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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=2012&cid=N00031958&type=I ''Open Secrets'', "Steven Palazzo," accessed May 16, 2013]</ref>
 
|party=Republican
 
|party=Republican
 
|totalraised2012=926893
 
|totalraised2012=926893
 
|result2012=Won
 
|result2012=Won
|office2012=U.S. House (Mississippi, [[Mississippi's 4th congressional district|District 4]])
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|office2012=U.S. House (Mississippi, [[Mississippi's 4th Congressional District|District 4]])
 
|totalraised2010=1079453
 
|totalraised2010=1079453
 
|result2010=Won
 
|result2010=Won
|office2010=U.S. House (Mississippi, [[Mississippi's 4th congressional district|District 4]])
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===2014===
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{{Steven Palazzo 2014 FEC}}
  
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
[[File:Palazzo 2012 Donors.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Palazzo's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]Palazzo won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Palazzo's campaign committee raised a total of $926,893 and spent $710,074.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00031958&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 16, 2013]</ref>
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Palazzo won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Palazzo's campaign committee raised a total of $926,893 and spent $710,074.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00031958&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'', "2012 Re-Election Cycle," accessed February 16, 2013]</ref>
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====Cost per vote====
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Palazzo spent $3.89 per vote received in 2012.
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|party = Republican
 
|total raised =  $926,893
 
|total raised =  $926,893
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|inddonor5 = $38,100
 
|inddonor5 = $38,100
 
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===2010===
 
===2010===
[[File:Steven_Palazzo_2010_Donor_Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Palazzo's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]
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Palazzo won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Palazzo's campaign committee raised a total of  $1,079,453 and spent $1,026,476.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2010&type=I&cid=N00029632&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'', "Steven Palazzo 2010 Election Cycle," accessed December 3, 2011]</ref>
Palazzo won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Palazzo's campaign committee raised a total of  $1,079,453 and spent $1,026,476.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2010&type=I&cid=N00029632&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'' "Steven Palazzo 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed December 3, 2011]</ref>
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|Chamber = U.S. House of Representatives, Mississippi's 4th Congressional District
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|party = Republican
 
|party = Republican
 
|total raised =  $1,079,453
 
|total raised =  $1,079,453
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|inddonor4 = $55,200
 
|inddonor5 = $39,500
 
|inddonor5 = $39,500
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{{Collapsible donor graphic|Content=[[File:Steven_Palazzo_2010_Donor_Breakdown.PNG|left|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Palazzo's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]}}
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==Personal Gain Index==
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[[File:Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png|right|200px|link=Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]
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::''See also: [[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''<br>
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The '''[[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''' is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the [[United States Congress|U.S. Congress]] have prospered during their tenure as public servants. <br>
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It consists of two different metrics:
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*[[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)|Changes in Net Worth]]
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*[[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The Donation Concentration Metric]]
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===PGI: Change in net worth===
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:: ''See also: [[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)]] and [[Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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[[File:Net Worth Metric graphic.png|left|170px]]
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Based on [[Household net worth (Member of Congress)|congressional financial disclosure forms]] and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Palazzo's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $607,025 and $1,639,999. That averages to '''$1,123,512''', which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Palazzo ranked as the 197th most wealthy representative in 2012.<ref>[https://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00031958&year=2012 ''Open Secrets'', "Steven Palazzo (R-MS), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014]</ref> Between 2009 and 2012, Palazzo's calculated net worth<ref>This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.</ref> increased by an average of 84 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.<ref>This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.</ref>
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|2010 =1126010
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|2011 = 3304512
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|2012 = 1123512
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===PGI: Donation Concentration Metric===
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:: ''See also: [[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)]]''
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Filings required by the [[Federal Election Commission]] report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Palazzo received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the ''Accountants'' industry.
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From 2009-2014, '''24.2 percent of Palazzo's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.'''<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00031958&cycle=Career ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Rep. Steven Palazzo," accessed September 23, 2014]</ref>
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|total raised = 2845453
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|total spent = 2719368
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|ind1 = Accountants
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|ind3 = Health Professionals
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|ind4 = Defense Aerospace
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|ind5 = Retired
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|inddonor1 = 166998
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|inddonor2 = 166400
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|inddonor3 = 132800
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|inddonor4 = 112700
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Palazzo is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Republican]]," as of June 17, 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/steven_palazzo/412443 ''Gov Track'' "Steve Palazzo," Accessed June 17, 2013]</ref>
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Palazzo was a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Republican]]" as of July 2014.<ref name=govtrack>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/steven_palazzo/412443 ''GovTrack'', "Steve Palazzo," accessed July 29, 2014]</ref> This was the same rating Palazzo received in June 2013.
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===Like-minded colleagues===
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The website ''OpenCongress'' tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/412443_Steven_Palazzo ''OpenCongress'', "Steven Palazzo," accessed July 29, 2014]</ref>
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Palazzo most often votes with:
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*{{reddot}} [[Billy Long]]
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*{{bluedot}} [[Jim Matheson]]
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Palazzo least often votes with:
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*{{reddot}} [[Chris Gibson]]
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*{{bluedot}} [[Barbara Lee]]
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===Lifetime voting record===
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Palazzo missed 19 of 1,698 roll call votes from Jan 2011 to Apr 2013, which is 1.1% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. <ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/steven_palazzo/412443 ''GovTrack,'' "Steven Palazzo" Accessed April 2013]</ref>
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Palazzo missed 83 of 2,703 roll call votes from January 2011 to July 2014. This amounts to 3.1 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.<ref name=govtrack/>
  
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Palazzo paid his congressional staff a total of $686,596 in 2011. Overall, [[Mississippi]] ranked 41st in average salary for representative staff. The average [[U.S. House of Representatives]] congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2801/Rep_Steven_Palazzo.html ''LegiStorm'', "Steven Palazzo," Accessed October 8, 2012]</ref>
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The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Palazzo paid his congressional staff a total of $686,596 in 2011. Overall, [[Mississippi]] ranked 41st in average salary for representative staff. The average [[U.S. House of Representatives]] congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2801/Rep_Steven_Palazzo.html ''LegiStorm'', "Steven Palazzo," accessed October 8, 2012]</ref>
 
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===Net worth===
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:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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====2011====
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Palazzo's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $913,026 and $5,695,998. That averages to $3,304,512, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 193% from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00031958&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Steven Palazzo, (R-Miss), 2011"]</ref>
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====2010====
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Palazzo's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $462,023 to $1,789,998. This yields an average net worth of $1,126,010.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00031958&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Steven Palazzo (R-Miss), 2010," Accessed October 8, 2012]</ref>
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===National Journal vote ratings===
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
Each year, ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.
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Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.
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====2013====
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Palazzo ranked 21st in the conservative rankings in 2013.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2013-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 29, 2014]</ref>
  
 
====2012====
 
====2012====
According to the data released in 2013, Cedric Richmond was ranked the 40th most conservative representative during 2012. This is the most conservative ranking earned by a representative of Mississippi in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings/table-house-liberal-scores-by-issue-area-20130221 ''National Journal,'' "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013]</ref>
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Palazzo ranked 40th in the conservative rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings/table-house-conservative-scores-by-issue-area-20130221 ''National Journal'', "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," accessed February 26, 2013]</ref>
  
 
====2011====
 
====2011====
According to the data released in 2012, Steven Palazzo was ranked the 54th most conservative representative during 2011. This is the most conservative rating held by any of Mississippi's representatives.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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Palazzo ranked 54th in the conservative rankings in 2011.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal'', "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>
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===Voting with party===
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The website ''OpenCongress'' tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.
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==Personal==
 
==Personal==
Palazzo lives in Gulfport, MS, with his wife, Lisa, and their three children.<ref>[http://palazzo.house.gov/about-me/full-biography ''Official House Site'' "Full Biography," Accessed December 3, 2011]</ref>
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Palazzo lives in Gulfport, MS, with his wife, Lisa, and their three children.<ref>[http://palazzo.house.gov/about-me/full-biography ''Official House Site'', "Full Biography," accessed December 3, 2011] ''([[dead link]])''</ref> He is a member of St. James Catholic Church.<ref name=about>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://www.palazzoforcongress.com/about ''Steven Palazzo for Congress'', "About Steven," accessed October 14, 2014]</ref>
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Palazzo received the HOPE award from the Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This award is the society's highest honor.<ref>[http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20130808/NEWS01/130808020/Palazzo-named-2013-HOPE-Award-recipient-by-National-Multiple-Sclerosis-Society?nclick_check=1 ''Hattiesburg American'', "Palazzo named 2013 HOPE Award recipient by National Multiple Sclerosis Society," accessed August 15, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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==See also==
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*[[United States House of Representatives]]
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*[[Mississippi's 4th Congressional District]]
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*[[Mississippi's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014]]
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Steven Palazzo
Steven Palazzo.jpg
U.S. House, Mississippi, District 4
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 4
PartyRepublican
PredecessorGene Taylor (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Cost per vote$3.89 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$2,006,346
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mississippi State House of Representatives
2007-2010
Education
High schoolSaint Johns High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Southern Mississippi
Master'sUniversity of Southern Mississippi
Military service
Service/branchMississippi Army National Guard
Years of service2007-Present
Service branchUnited States Marine Corps Reserve
Years of service1988-1996
Personal
Date of birthFebruary 21, 1970
Place of birthGulfport, MS
ProfessionAccountant
Net worth(2012) $1,123,512
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Steven McCarty Palazzo (b. February 21, 1970, in Gulfport, MS) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Mississippi's 4th Congressional District. Palazzo was first elected to the House in 2010.

He previously served in the Mississippi State Senate from 2007-2010.[1]

Palazzo ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He defeated challengers Matt Moore (D), Joey Robinson (I), Sarge Jackson (RP), Cindy Burleson (I) and Ed Reich (I) in the general election.[2] He won the Republican nomination in the primary election on June 3, 2014, before retaining his seat by winning the general election on November 4, 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Palazzo is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Palazzo was born in 1970 in Gulfport, MS. After graduating from St. Johns High School, he went on to earn his B.S. and M.P.A. from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1994 and 1996, respectively. Prior to his political career, Palazzo worked as an accountant and small business owner, starting a CPA firm with his wife.[3] He had also served in both the United States Marine Corps Reserve and the Mississippi Army National Guard, and is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War.[1]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Palazzo's professional and political career:[1]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Palazzo serves on the following committees:[4]

2013-2014

Palazzo served on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Palazzo served on the following House committees:[6]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[7] For more information pertaining to Palazzo's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

American intervention in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

Palazzo signed a letter asking President Obama to "consult and receive authorization from Congress before ordering the use of U.S. military force in Syria." The letter was sent August 28, 2013.[9]

NDAA

Yea3.png Palazzo supported HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[10]

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Palazzo supported HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[10]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.png Palazzo opposed House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Palazzo supported HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[11] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]

Economy

Farm Bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Yea3.png Palazzo supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[12] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[13]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[14] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[15] Palazzo voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[14]

Nay3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[16] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Palazzo voted against HR 2775.[17]

Immigration


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Palazzo supported House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[18] The vote largely followed party lines.[19]

Healthcare

Obamacare

Yea3.png Palazzo supported repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Healthcare-Related Provisions in the Healthcare and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.[9]

Social issues

Abortion

Yea3.png Palazzo supported HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[20]

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five RepublicansThomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas—voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[21] Palazzo joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[22][23]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Nay3.png Palazzo voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257-167 vote on January 1, 2013.[24]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Steven Palazzo's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Palazzo is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. Palazzo received a score of 28 percent on social issues and 86 percent on economic issues.[25]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[26]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[25] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

WWII Memorial

A group of World War II veterans associated with the Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight wanting to pay their respects at the WWII Memorial were denied access to the memorial due to the government shutdown in October 2013. The group instead went around the barriers to gain entry. Many congressional members from both parties spoke their approval of the move, including Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Michele Bachmann. Rep. Steve King and Rep. Palazzo aided the veterans by distracting park police and helping move the gates.[27]

Controversy

Federal aid in Mississippi

In a speech at the Biloxi Visitors Center, Palazzo's opponent in the 2014 Republican primary, Gene Taylor, actively campaigned against Palazzo, attacking him for voting against federal aid after Hurricane Sandy. In his speech, Taylor argued that Mississippi greatly needed federal aid after Hurricane Katrina, highlighting the importance of federal aid for storm relief. Taylor also criticized Palazzo for wanting to cut the military budget, claiming that this would hurt military bases and thereby national defense as a whole.[28]

Club for Growth website

In February 2013, the Club for Growth Action, a fiscally conservative Super PAC, launched a website called "www.PrimaryMyCongressman.com." According to the Club for Growth Action, "the purpose of the website was to raise awareness of Republicans In Name Only (RINOs) who are currently serving in safe Republican seats....The website will offer Club members and the general public the opportunity to recommend primary opponents to the incumbents highlighted by Club for Growth Action, as well as to recommend primary challengers for any Republican member of Congress. Club for Growth Action will rotate liberal Republicans through the website to highlight their failed records on limiting government." Palazzo was one of the first nine incumbent Republicans to be targeted by the site, which gave him a lifetime Club for Growth rating of 69 percent.[29][30]

Campaign themes

2012

The following themes were outlined on Palazzo's campaign website.[31]

  • I Believe

Excerpt: "I believe in personal responsibility, limited government, free markets, individual liberty, traditional Mississippi values and strong national security. The primary role of government is to provide and protect our freedom to pursue Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

  • Mississippi Values

Excerpt: "God, Family, and Country!"

  • Constitution

Excerpt: "When I joined the Marine Corps in 1988, I took an oath to protect and defend the constitution of the United States of America against all enemies both domestic and foreign. That was 22 years ago and I continue to live by that oath as a Mississippi Legislator and Citizen-Soldier."

  • State Legislator

Excerpt: "As a state legislator, I have a proven record of conservatism and fighting for my district on issues important to South Mississippi."

  • Sanctity of Marriage

Excerpt: "Marriage is between a man and a woman. The federal government should not be allowed to change the values set by individual states." [32]

—Steven Palazzo, http://palazzoforcongress.com/issues/

Elections

2014

See also: Mississippi's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

Palazzo ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He defeated Matt Moore (D), Joey Robinson (Libertarian), Sarge Jackson (Reform), Cindy Burleson (I) and Ed Reich (I) in the general election on November 4, 2014. He won the Republican nomination in the primary election on June 3, 2014.

U.S. House, Mississippi District 4 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Palazzo Incumbent 69.9% 108,776
     Democratic Matt Moore 24.3% 37,869
     Libertarian Joey Robinson 2.2% 3,473
     Reform Eli Jackson 0.6% 917
     Independent Cindy Burleson 2.4% 3,684
     Independent Ed Reich 0.6% 857
Total Votes 155,576
Source: Mississippi Secretary of State Official Results
U.S. House, Mississippi District 4 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Palazzo Incumbent 50.5% 54,268
Gene Taylor 43% 46,133
Tom Carter 4.6% 4,955
Tavish Kelly 1.1% 1,129
Ron Vincent 0.8% 904
Total Votes 107,389
Source: Mississippi Secretary of State - Official Republican primary results

2012

See also: Mississippi's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

Palazzo won the election.[33] On March 13, he fended off primary challenges from Cindy Burleson and Ron Vincent. He faced Michael Herrington (Democratic), Ron Williams (Libertarian) and Robert W. Claunch (Reform) in the November 2012 general election.[34][35]


Steven Palazzo, "Danger of Defense Cuts"[36]
U.S. House, Mississippi District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Matthew Moore 28.8% 82,344
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Palazzo Incumbent 64.1% 182,998
     Libertarian Ron Williams 0.7% 2,108
     Reform Robert W. Claunch 6.3% 17,982
Total Votes 285,432
Source: Mississippi Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Mississippi District 4 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Palazzo Incumbent 73.9% 60,722
Cindy Burleson 7.4% 6,081
Ron Vincent 18.7% 15,378
Total Votes 82,181

Full history


Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Palazzo attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Palazzo is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Palazzo raised a total of $2,006,346 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[38]

Steven Palazzo's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Mississippi, District 4) Won $926,893
2010 U.S. House (Mississippi, District 4) Won $1,079,453
Grand Total Raised $2,006,346


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Palazzo's reports.[39]

2012

Palazzo won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Palazzo's campaign committee raised a total of $926,893 and spent $710,074.[45]

Cost per vote

Palazzo spent $3.89 per vote received in 2012.


2010

Palazzo won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Palazzo's campaign committee raised a total of $1,079,453 and spent $1,026,476.[46]


Personal Gain Index

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See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Palazzo's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $607,025 and $1,639,999. That averages to $1,123,512, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Palazzo ranked as the 197th most wealthy representative in 2012.[47] Between 2009 and 2012, Palazzo's calculated net worth[48] increased by an average of 84 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[49]

Steven Palazzo Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2009$319,452
2012$1,123,512
Growth from 2009 to 2012:252%
Average annual growth:84%[50]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[51]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Palazzo received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Accountants industry.

From 2009-2014, 24.2 percent of Palazzo's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[52]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Steven Palazzo Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,845,453
Total Spent $2,719,368
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Accountants$166,998
Leadership PACs$166,400
Health Professionals$132,800
Defense Aerospace$112,700
Retired$109,697
% total in top industry5.87%
% total in top two industries11.72%
% total in top five industries24.2%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Palazzo was a "rank-and-file Republican" as of July 2014.[53] This was the same rating Palazzo received in June 2013.

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[54]

Palazzo most often votes with:

Palazzo least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Palazzo missed 83 of 2,703 roll call votes from January 2011 to July 2014. This amounts to 3.1 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[53]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Palazzo paid his congressional staff a total of $686,596 in 2011. Overall, Mississippi ranked 41st in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[55]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Palazzo ranked 21st in the conservative rankings in 2013.[56]

2012

Palazzo ranked 40th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[57]

2011

Palazzo ranked 54th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[58]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Palazzo voted with the Republican Party 94.6 percent of the time, which ranked 101st among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2014.[59]

2013

Palazzo voted with the Republican Party 95.4 percent of the time, which ranked 146th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[60]

Personal

Palazzo lives in Gulfport, MS, with his wife, Lisa, and their three children.[61] He is a member of St. James Catholic Church.[3]

Palazzo received the HOPE award from the Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This award is the society's highest honor.[62]

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  26. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
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  32. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
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  48. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  49. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  50. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  51. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Gene Taylor (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Mississippi District 4
2011–present
Succeeded by
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