Steven McCarty Palazzo (born February 21, 1970) is the U.S. Representative for Mississippi's 4th congressional district. 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. He defeated 10-term Democratic incumbent Gene Taylor with 52% to 47% of the vote in the 2010 mid-term election. He formerly represented District 116 in the Mississippi House of Representatives.
Early life, education, and military service
Palazzo was born February 21, 1970 in Gulfport.
Palazzo enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves in 1988, and served with the 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company in the Persian Gulf War. He currently serves in the Mississippi National Guard. He became a Certified Public Accountant. He attended the University of Southern Mississippi for both his MPA and Bachelor's degree. He is also a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.
In 2006 Steven Palazzo won a special election to represent the 116th District in the Mississippi House of Representatives.
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 the 4th District and easily won the nomination with 57 percent of the vote. He faced 10-term Democrat 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. However, 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.
In the November election, Palazzo defeated Taylor, 52% to 47%.
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.
December 7th, 2011