Mississippi (District: 4)
Steven McCarty Palazzo (born February 21, 1970) is an http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States">American politician who has been the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives">U.S. Representative for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi%27s_4th_congressional_district">Mississippi’s 4th congressional district since 2011. The district takes in most of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi">Mississippi‘s share of the Gulf Coast and includes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biloxi">Biloxi, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulfport,_Mississippi">Gulfport,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pascagoula">Pascagoula, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurel,_Mississippi">Laurel and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hattiesburg,_Mississippi">Hattiesburg. He is a member of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_Party_(United_States)">Republican Party. Palazzo defeated 10-term Democratic incumbent http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_Taylor_(Mississippi)">Gene Taylor with 52% to 47% of the vote in the 2010 mid-term election. Previously, he served in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_House_of_Representatives">Mississippi House of Representatives, representing District 116, from 2006 to 2011.
During his first term, Steven was selected to serve on the Majority Whip team as well as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, both rare honors for a freshman member. His military service and firsthand experience with veterans issues also made him a valuable addition to the House Armed Services Committee.
In these roles, he has been a consistent advocate for a strong national defense, recognition for veterans, and bringing fiscal common-sense back to Washington by supporting balanced budgets and pro-growth policies.
His legislative accomplishments include passage of RESTORE Act legislation that will bring hundreds of millions of dollars back to the Gulf Coast for environmental and economic development projects, and crucial space legislation known as the “Space Exploration Sustainability Act.” Because of these successes, Steven was also afforded the rare honor of being named to a third committee at the beginning of his second term, the Committee on Homeland Security.
Steven’s prior life includes experience working on oil rigs, serving on active duty overseas, and starting and owning his own small business. He also served in the Mississippi House of Representatives from 2006 to 2010. A Gulf Coast native, Steven lives in Biloxi, Mississippi, with his wife, Lisa, and their three children: Barrett, Aubrey and Bennett.