|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 4th district
January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Gene Taylor|
|Member of the Mississippi House of Representatives
from the 116th district
December 14, 2006 – January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Leonard Bentz|
|Succeeded by||Casey Eure|
February 21, 1970 |
Gulfport, Mississippi, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Southern Mississippi|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps Reserve
Mississippi Army National Guard
|Years of service||Marine Corps Reserve: 1989–1996
Army National Guard: 1997–present
Steven McCarty Palazzo (born February 21, 1970) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Mississippi's 4th congressional district since 2011. The district takes in most of Mississippi's share of the Gulf Coast and includes Biloxi, Gulfport, Pascagoula, Laurel and Hattiesburg. He is a member of the Republican Party. Palazzo defeated 10-term Democratic incumbent Gene Taylor with 52% to 47% of the vote in the 2010 mid-term election. Previously, he served in the Mississippi House of Representatives, having represented District 116 from 2006 to 2011. Palazzo again defeated Taylor in the June 2014 Republican primary election. Taylor switched parties in a bid to return to his former House seat.
Early life, education, and military service
Palazzo was born February 21, 1970 in Gulfport. He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in 1988, and served with the 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company in the Persian Gulf War. He currently serves in the Mississippi Army National Guard. He received a Bachelor's and MPA from the University of Southern Mississippi, and is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He is a Certified Public Accountant.
Mississippi House of Representatives
In April 2006, incumbent Republican State Representative Leonard Bentz of Mississippi's 116th House District resigned because he was appointed to the Mississippi Public Service Commission. Palazzo defeated Democratic candidate Maryann Graczyk, an education lobbyist, and Republican George Emile, a funeral home director, 51%-26%-24%. In 2007, running unopposed, he was elected to a full term.
Palazzo was awarded the 2009 Elected Official of the Year from the MS Wildlife Federation. The Mississippi Business Journal and the Sun Herald (2005) named Palazzo as a Top Business Leader under 40.
He served on the Banking and Financial Services, Juvenile Justice, Labor, Select Committee on the Gulf Coast Disaster, and the Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Committees.
U.S. House of Representatives
Palazzo entered the Republican primary for Mississippi's 4th congressional district and won the nomination with 57% of the vote. He faced 10-term Democratic incumbent Gene Taylor in the general election. Although the 4th has turned almost solidly Republican at the federal level, Taylor had held the seat without serious difficulty. His voting record had been very conservative even by Mississippi Democratic standards, and he'd often broken with his party. Palazzo established himself as Taylor's strongest opponent since 1996. In particular, he attacked Taylor for supporting Nancy Pelosi for House Speaker in 2006 and 2008. He was endorsed by Sarah Palin and in the November 2010 general election, Palazzo defeated Taylor 52%-47%.
In the Republican primay, Palazzo defeated four challengers in the primary, including Gene Taylor, a Democrat-turned-Republican who served 22 year in Congress before Palazzo beat him in 2010. Palazzo won 50.5% of the vote while Taylor won 43% of the vote. Three minor candidates made up the reamianing percentage. Taylor actively campaigned and drew large numbers of Democrats into the Republican Primary. 
Palazzo will now face Democrat challenger Matthew Moore who he defeated 64%-29% in 2012.
Rep. Palazzo voted with his Republican colleagues to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment, repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and to prohibit federal funding of Planned Parenthood.
Palazzo was one of the initial co-sponsors of the Social Media Working Group Act of 2014 (H.R. 4263; 113th Congress), a bill that would direct the United States Secretary of Homeland Security to establish within the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) a social media working group (the Group) to provide guidance and best practices to the emergency preparedness and response community on the use of social media technologies before, during, and after a terrorist attack. Palazzo stated that "social media has played a crucial role in emergency preparedness and response in Mississippi, including during disasters like Hurricane Isaac and the tornadoes that hit the Hattiesburg area a little over a year ago." He said that their goal with the bill was to "build upon existing public-private partnerships and use social media in a more strategic way in order to help save lives and property."
On April 7, 2014, Palazzo introduced the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2014 (H.R. 4412; 113th Congress), a bill that would authorize the appropriation of $17.6 billion in fiscal year 2014 to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). NASA would use the funding for human exploration of space, the Space Launch System, the Orion multipurpose crew vehicle, the commercial crew program, the International Space Station (ISS), and various technological and educational projects. Palazzo said that "American leadership in space depends on our ability to put people and sound policy ahead of politics."
- Committee on Armed Services
- Committee on Science, Space and Technology
Palazzo is married to the former Lisa M. Belvin. He is a member of the Rotary, VFW, NRA, MS Society of CPAs, USM Alumni Association; Boys & Girls Club Board Member; Marine Corps Association and AICPA.
- Blessing, Kelly (2011-05-25). "Why he matters". Who Runs Gov. Retrieved 2011-08-05.
- "Once a Soldier... Always a Soldier". Legislative Agenda. Association of the United States Army. 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
- "Cameron Joseph, Ex-Rep. switches parties to run again". thehill.com. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
- Steven Palazzo, Mississippi House of Representatives
- Mississippi House of Representatives: Steven Palazzo Accessed June 3, 2010
- "Taylor: I voted for McCain - Jessica Taylor". Politico.Com. Retrieved 2010-11-03.
- "H.R. 4263 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
- Thomas, Rachael (17 March 2014). "Palazzo Introduces Social Media Emergency Response Bill". Fox News 25 - WXXV. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
- "H.R. 4412 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
- "CBO - H.R. 4412". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
- Marcos, Cristina (9 June 2014). "House passes NASA reauthorization". The Hill. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
- Congressman Steven Palazzo official U.S. House site
- Steven Palazzo for Congress
- Steven Palazzo at DMOZ
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 4th congressional district
|United States order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|United States Representatives by seniority