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Candidate Questionnaire: Steven Palazzo

Congressman Steven Palazzo has a primary election challenger in Republican Brian Rose, who supports term limits and does not support candidates camping out in Congress, his campaign website states.

Congressman Steven Palazzo has a primary election challenger in Republican Brian Rose, who supports term limits and does not support candidates camping out in Congress, his campaign website states. Congressman Palazzo

Fast Facts About Steven Palazzo

Election: GOP U.S. House District 4 Primary

Age: 48

Family: 3 children

Place of Residence: Biloxi MS

Education: Bachelor of Science and Masters from The University of Southern Mississippi

Work Experience: U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, Gulf War Veteran, Offshore Materials Manager, Certified Public Accountant, Small Business Owner, State House of Representatives 2006 - 2011, U.S. Congressman 2011 - present

Current Job: U.S. Congressman

The Jackson Free Press reached out to all candidates in the four Mississippi Congressional districts who are listed on a primary election ballot on June 5, regardless of whether they had a challenger or not. Each candidate received the same five-question questionnaire. We've published their responses in full below, with minimal edits for editorial/reader clarity only. The JFP did not copyedit or line-edit candidate responses. The views expressed by candidates do not necessarily reflect the views of the JFP.

Why does your district (for senators, your state) need you right now?

After years of devastating defense cuts brought on by the Obama Administration’s sequestration, we need leadership that will fully support our military. South Mississippi is a military community and we understand that our men and women in uniform are the best in the world at what they do. It is my job to make sure they have the tools and resources they need to do their job and return home safely to their loved ones.

Provide one or two examples of when you have been an advocate for your district (or state) in your personal or professional life. What was the result?

For the past 7 years as a member of Congress every vote I have taken has been with the best interest of my district in mind. One such example is the passage of the RESTORE Act. Following the BP oil spill the federal government was anxious to get their hands on the monetary penalties. I was going to be sure the states that actually were affected by the oil spill would be the ones to receive recovery dollars.

With my Gulf Coast colleagues, I worked diligently to ensure that Mississippi and the Gulf Coast received their fair share of the money set aside for rebuilding after the physical and economic destruction caused by the BP oil spill. The State and especially the Gulf Coast continue to see the benefits of this legislation.

In the past year or so, what was the most important vote taken for your district (or state)? How would you have voted and why? What is the most pressing issue for your district (or state)?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is providing tax relief and economic growth for our country on a level that very few could have imagined just a few years ago and not seen since the Reagan Administration. Almost every Mississippian has seen their taxes go down this year, and companies across our great state are hiring more, increasing wages and benefits and expanding their businesses. As a small business owner, I could not be prouder to vote for that legislation. The vote for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is keeping a promise to the American people.

If you could propose one piece of legislation that would greatly improve the quality of life for people your district (or state) what would it be?

A complete and total repeal of Obamacare. Although we have gotten rid of the heart of Obamacare, the individual mandate, the remaining pieces of this horrible law continue to raise costs for healthcare, punishing those who work hard every day to provide for their families. I have voted 70+ times to repeal this law, and unfortunately, the cowardice of a small group of Republican senators is the only reason we have not fully repealed and replaced Obamacare.

If you are unsuccessful in winning your race, how specifically will you continue working on behalf of your district (or state)?

I have been a citizen soldier all my adult life, I will continue to serve my state and my country as a member of the Mississippi National Guard, and as a private citizen, I will continue to make South Mississippi the best I can.

I have been blessed to receive the support of South Mississippians since 2010. I’ve worked every day to keep promises and serve them to the best of my ability.

Read more 2018 election stories at jfp.ms/2018elections. The JFP is still taking candidate questionnaires. Don't see your candidate? Tell them to email their questionnaire to arielle@jacksonfreepress.com.

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