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Steven Palazzo
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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
Cost per vote$3.89 in 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, in Gulfport, Mississippi) 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.

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

He ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election took place 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.


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. 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]

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

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Palazzo serves on the following committees:[2]


Palazzo served on the following House committees:[3]


Legislative actions

113th Congress


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.[4] For more information pertaining to Palazzo's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[5]

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.[6]


Voted "Yes" 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.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Palazzo supported HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security 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.[7]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" 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.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Palazzo supported HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[8] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[7]


Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Palazzo supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[9] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[10]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[11] 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.[12] Palazzo voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[13]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally 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 funds 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.[14] 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.[15]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" 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.[16] The vote largely followed party lines.[17]



Voted "Yes" Palazzo supported repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.[6]

Social issues


Voted "Yes" 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 is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[18]

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 met with signs and barriers upon their arrival. They refused to let their trip be affected by the government shutdown and made their way through the barriers. Many congressional members from both parties spoke their approval of the move, including Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Michele Bachmann, who was in attendance. Rep. Steve King and Rep. Steve Palazzo aided the veterans by distracting park police and helping move the gates.[19]

Previous congressional sessions

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 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.[20]

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%.[21][22]

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."[23]

  • Mississippi Values

Excerpt: "God, Family, and Country!"[24]

  • 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."[25]

  • 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."[26]

  • 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."[27]



See also: Mississippi's 4th congressional district elections, 2014

Palazzo ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


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

Palazzo won the election.[28] Palazzo was seeking re-election in 2012.[29] 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.[30][31]

Steven Palazzo, "Danger of Defense Cuts"[32]
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.[34]

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 were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Palazzo's reports.[35]


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.[41]

Cost per vote

Palazzo spent $3.89 per vote received in 2012.


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.[42]


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.[43]

Palazzo most often votes with:

Palazzo least often votes with:

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.[44]

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. [45]

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.[46]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[47]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[48]

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.[49]


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.[50]

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.[51]


Palazzo lives in Gulfport, MS, with his wife, Lisa, and their three children.[52] He received the HOPE award from the Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The award is the society's highest honor.[53]

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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. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 Vote Smart, "Palazzo's Political Summary", accessed September 14, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Steven Palazzo's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 27, 2013
  8. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  9. Vote Smart, "Palazzo on agriculture", accessed September 27, 2013
  10. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  11. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  13. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  15. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Steven Palazzo's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 27, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "Palazzo on abortion," accessed September 27, 2013
  19. Huffington Post, "Badass WWII Veterans Storm Memorial On National Mall, Defy Government Shutdown Closure," accessed October 1, 2013
  20. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  21. Idaho Statesman, "Club for Growth targets Idaho Rep. Simpson for defeat in 2014," February 27, 2013
  22. The New York Times, "Club for Growth Leads Conservative Charge, Sometimes at Republicans," March 13, 2013
  23. Steven Palazzo "Issues," October 11, 2012
  24. Steven Palazzo "Issues," October 11, 2012
  25. Steven Palazzo "Issues," October 11, 2012
  26. Steven Palazzo "Issues," October 11, 2012
  27. Steven Palazzo "Issues," October 11, 2012
  28. Politico "2012 Election Map, Mississippi"
  29. Clarion Ledger "3 congressmen file to run again" Accessed January 13, 2012
  30. WAPT 16 "Unofficial Mississippi Primary Results," March 13, 2012
  31. Mississippi Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  32. YouTube channel
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. Open Secrets "Steven Palazzo" Accessed May 16, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Palazzo 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 18, 2013
  36. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  37. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  38. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  39. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12 2014
  40. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
  41. Open Secrets "2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 16, 2013
  42. Open Secrets "Steven Palazzo 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed December 3, 2011
  43. OpenCongress, "Steven Palazzo," Accessed August 5, 2013
  44. Gov Track "Steve Palazzo," Accessed June 17, 2013
  45. GovTrack, "Steven Palazzo" Accessed April 2013
  46. LegiStorm, "Steven Palazzo," Accessed October 8, 2012
  47., "Steven Palazzo, (R-Miss), 2011"
  48., "Steven Palazzo (R-Miss), 2010," Accessed October 8, 2012
  49. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  50. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  51. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  52. Official House Site "Full Biography," Accessed December 3, 2011
  53. Hattiesburg American "Palazzo named 2013 HOPE Award recipient by National Multiple Sclerosis Society," Accessed August 15, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Gene Taylor (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Mississippi District 4
Succeeded by