Steven Palazzo

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Steven Palazzo
Steven Palazzo.jpg
U.S. House, Mississippi, District 4
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 4
PredecessorGene Taylor (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,006,346
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mississippi State House of Representatives
High schoolSaint Johns High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Southern Mississippi
Master'sUniversity of Southern Mississippi
J.D.University of Mississippi
Military service
Service/branchMississippi Army National Guard
Years of service2007-Present
Service branchUnited States Marine Corps Reserve
Years of service1988-1996
Date of birthFebruary 21, 1970
Place of birthGulfport, MS
Net worth$3,304,512
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
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.

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

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.


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.[1]


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

  • United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1988-1996
  • Mississippi Army National Guard, 2007-Present
  • Mississippi State House of Representatives, 2007-2010
  • U.S. House of Representatives, 3rd Congressional District of Mississippi, 2009-Present

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Palazzo serves on the following committees:[2]


Palazzo served on the following House committees[3]:


Targeted by Club for Growth Action

In February 2013, the Club for Growth Action, a fiscally conservative Super PAC, launched a website called "" 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%.[4][5]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" 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.[6]

Campaign themes


The followings themes were outlined on Palazzo's campaign website.

  • 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."[7]

  • Mississippi Values

Excerpt: "God, Family, and Country!"[8]

  • 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."[9]

  • 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."[10]

  • 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."[11]



See also: Mississippi's 4th congressional district elections, 2012

Palazzo won the election.[12] Palazzo was seeking re-election in 2012.[13] 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.[14][15]

Steven Palazzo, "Danger of Defense Cuts"[16]
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"
Mississippi's 4th Congressional District 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

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.[18]

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


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Palazzo's reports.[19]

Steven Palazzo Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[20]4/15/2013$269,796.17$69,750.00$(26,394.66)$313,151.51
July Quarterly[21]7/15/2013$313,151.51$161,126.13$(38,571.55)$435,706.09
Running totals


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.[22]


Breakdown of the source of Palazzo's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

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.[23]


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Palazzo is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 17, 2013.[24]

Lifetime voting record

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. [25]

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.[26]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - 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.[27]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - 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.[28]

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.


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.[29]


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.[30]

Percentage voting with party


Steve Palazzo voted with the Republican Party 95.4% of the time, which ranked 146th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[31]


Palazzo lives in Gulfport, MS, with his wife, Lisa, and their three children.[32]

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Steven Palazzo" Accessed December 3, 2011
  2., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  3. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed December 3, 2011
  4. Idaho Statesman, "Club for Growth targets Idaho Rep. Simpson for defeat in 2014," February 27, 2013
  5. The New York Times, "Club for Growth Leads Conservative Charge, Sometimes at Republicans," March 13, 2013
  6. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. Steven Palazzo "Issues," October 11, 2012
  8. Steven Palazzo "Issues," October 11, 2012
  9. Steven Palazzo "Issues," October 11, 2012
  10. Steven Palazzo "Issues," October 11, 2012
  11. Steven Palazzo "Issues," October 11, 2012
  12. Politico "2012 Election Map, Mississippi"
  13. Clarion Ledger "3 congressmen file to run again" Accessed January 13, 2012
  14. WAPT 16 "Unofficial Mississippi Primary Results," March 13, 2012
  15. Mississippi Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  16. YouTube channel
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Steven Palazzo" Accessed May 16, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission "Palazzo 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 18, 2013
  20. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 18, 2013
  21. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 18, 2013
  22. Open Secrets "2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 16, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Steven Palazzo 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed December 3, 2011
  24. Gov Track "Steve Palazzo," Accessed June 17, 2013
  25. GovTrack, "Steven Palazzo" Accessed April 2013
  26. LegiStorm, "Steven Palazzo," Accessed October 8, 2012
  27., "Steven Palazzo, (R-Miss), 2011"
  28., "Steven Palazzo (R-Miss), 2010," Accessed October 8, 2012
  29. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  30. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  31. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  32. Official House Site "Full Biography," Accessed December 3, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Gene Taylor (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Mississippi District 4
Succeeded by