Gary Palmer (politician)
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Alabama's 6th district
Assumed office |
January 3, 2015
|Preceded by||Spencer Bachus|
May 14, 1954|
Hackleburg, Alabama, U.S.
University of Alabama,|
Gary James Palmer (born May 14, 1954) is an American politician from the state of Alabama. Elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2014, he represents Alabama's 6th congressional district. Prior to his career as an elected official, Palmer co-founded and served as the long-time president of the Alabama Policy Institute, a conservative think tank. He is a member of the Freedom Caucus in the House of Representatives.
Early life, education and career
Palmer was born in Hackleburg, Alabama. He has a bachelor's degree in operations management from the University of Alabama. In 1989, Palmer co-founded the Alabama Family Alliance, which later became the Alabama Policy Institute. Palmer served as president of the conservative think tank for 25 years, stepping down in 2014 to pursue a run for Congress. Palmer helped found the State Policy Network, a nonprofit umbrella organization for conservative and libertarian think tanks which focus on state-level policy, and served as its president.
U.S. House of Representatives
Palmer declared his candidacy for the 6th district following the retirement announcement of 11-term incumbent Spencer Bachus. In the Republican primary election—the real contest in this heavily Republican district—Palmer finished second behind state representative Paul DeMarco. In the ensuing runoff election, Palmer picked up the support of the Club for Growth. Palmer won the runoff election by a margin of 64% to 36%. In the November 4, 2014 general election, Palmer defeated Democratic nominee Mark Lester, a history professor at Birmingham-Southern College, 76% to 24%.
Palmer took office on January 3, 2015, along with the other freshmen members of the 114th Congress.
Conservative Review has graded Palmer's voting record an A with a Liberty Score of 100%. Palmer is one the two Republican congressmen to receive this highest possible grade out of 247 Republicans in the House of Representatives.
- Committee on the Budget
- Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
- Committee on Science, Space and Technology
|Alabama's 6th Congressional District Republican Primary Election, 2014|
|Alabama's 6th Congressional District Republican Primary Runoff Election, 2014|
|Alabama's 6th Congressional District Election, 2014|
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- "Conservative Review - Scorecard". conservativereview.com. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
- U.S. Representative Gary Palmer official U.S. House site
- Campaign website
- United States Congress. "Gary Palmer (id: P000609)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 6th congressional district
|United States order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|United States Representatives by seniority
| Succeeded by|
|Alabama's delegation(s) to the 114th United States Congress (ordered by seniority)|
|'114th'||Senate: R. Shelby • J. Sessions||House: R. Aderholt • M. Rogers • M. Brooks • M. Roby • T. Sewell • B. Byrne • G. Palmer|