Guest Speaker - Congressman Steven Palazzo - Bio

Congressman Steven M. Palazzo represents the fourth congressional district of Mississippi and some of the finest people in the country. Like them, Steven believes in limited government, a strong defense, and the need for common-sense solutions to today’s challenges.

Congressman Palazzo was sworn into office on January 5, 2011 and serves on the House Armed Services, Homeland Security, and Science, Space and Technology Committees. He serves as the Chairman of the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee.

Born in Gulfport, Mississippi, Steven attended Saint John’s High School before earning his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi. During college, Steven met his wife Lisa and they are the proud parents of three children. The Palazzo family attends St. James Catholic Church.

In 1988, Steven enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves. As a member of 3rd Force Reconnaissance, Steven celebrated his 21st birthday in the deserts of the Middle East, while serving in the Persian Gulf War. After finishing his tour in the Marine Corps, Steven enlisted in the Mississippi Army National Guard. He is currently the only Non-Commissioned Officer concurrently serving in Congress.

Steven and his wife started a small business in 2001, giving him a unique perspective on what it means to create jobs and manage a budget. Over time, they have been able to grow their CPA firm into a successful agency that specializes in helping Americans living abroad with their income taxes.