Gary Palmer

Updated: August 07, 2022 at 12:14 PM CST

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Who is Gary Palmer?
Gary Palmer

Mr. Palmer grew up in Hackleburg, a small town in Northwest Alabama, and now lives in Hoover and represents Alabama’s 6th Congressional District. Mr. Palmer attended the University of Alabama and was the first person on either side of his family to attend college. In addition, he was a walk-on member of the football team under legendary football coach Bear Bryant. After earning a B.S. in Operations Management, he worked in the private sector for 12 years, including nine with two major engineering construction companies, before involvement with Focus on the Family led him to start the Alabama Family Alliance, which later became the Alabama Policy Institute.

Palmer served as President of the Alabama Policy Institute for 24 years. During his tenure, the Alabama Policy Institute became a full-spectrum public policy organization that engaged in virtually all policy issues that affected Alabamians. It is considered the premier conservative think-tank in Alabama.

Palmer also was a founding member of the board of directors of the State Policy Network, an umbrella organization for various state-based think tanks. He served on the State Policy Network board for six years, the last two as chairman. Leading this broad coalition of policy thinkers gave Palmer exposure and knowledge of policy problems that confront all 50 states. When State Policy Network was founded in 1992, there were fewer than 20 state think tanks in its network. Today, State Policy Network has 65 member organizations.

Palmer served on four different state commissions on behalf of three different Governors. He was appointed to the Welfare Reform Commission by Governor Fob James. He also served as an advisor to Governor James’ Aerospace, Science and Technology Task Force. He was appointed to the Task Force to Strengthen Alabama Families by Governor Bob Riley and the Alabama Commission on Improving State Government by Governor Robert Bentley.

In 2014, he was elected to the 114th Congress, having never served in office before. In Congress, Palmer is focused on paying down the national debt by cutting spending; regulatory reform by reducing the number and expense of federal regulations; lowering energy costs and spurring economic growth and job creation by accessing America’s vast energy resources, and replacing Obamacare with a health care plan that puts people back in charge of their health care decisions and that will truly make health care affordable and available, and protecting life in all its forms. Palmer serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee and as Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee. He is also a member of the Republican Study Committee and its Steering Committee.

Palmer has been a member of the Rotary Club of Birmingham since 1993, and he is a Paul Harris Fellow. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Mobile. He and his wife Ann live in Hoover, Alabama, attending Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama. They have three adult children, Claire, Kathleen, and Rob.

Status: U.S. Alabama Representative for District 6
Party: Republican
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Birthday: May 14, 1954 68

Contact Information

Known contact information for Gary Palmer from Hoover, AL.

  • 170 Cannon House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
  • Phone: 202-225-4921
  • Official Email: Unknown

Education Information

Known educational history for Gary Palmer from Hoover, AL.

  • BS, Operations Management, University of Alabama, 1977
  • Attended, Northwest Alabama Junior College, 1972-1974

Political Information

Known political history for Gary Palmer from Hoover, AL.

  • Candidate, United States House of Representatives, Alabama, District 6, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020
  • Chair, Republican Policy Committee, United States House of Representatives, 2019-present
  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, Alabama, District 6, 2014-present

Professions Information

Known professional history for Gary Palmer from Hoover, AL.

  • Co-Founder/Former President, Alabama Policy Institute
  • Appointed by Governor James, Former Advisor, Alabama Aerospace, Science and Industry Task Force

Congressional Information

Known congressional history for Gary Palmer from Hoover, AL.

  • Former Chair, Intergovernmental Affairs Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives
  • Former Member, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, United States House of Representatives
  • Former Member, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, United States House of Representatives
  • Former Member, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, United States House of Representatives
  • Former Member, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, United States House of Representatives
  • Former Member, Environment Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives
  • Former Member, Energy Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives
  • Former Member, Science, Space, and Technology Committee, United States House of Representatives
  • Former Member, The Interior, Energy and Environment Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives
  • Former Member, Oversight and Reform Committee, United States House of Representatives
  • Former Member, Budget Committee, United States House of Representatives
  • Former Member, Subcommittee on the Interior, United States House of Representatives
  • Former Member, Subcommittee on Oversight (Science, Space, and Technology), United States House of Representatives

Organizations Information

Known organizational history for Gary Palmer from Hoover, AL.

  • Member, Briarwood Presbyterian Church, present
  • Member, Birmingham Rotary Club, 1993-present
  • Former Member, Alabama Commission on Improving State Government
  • Appointed by Governor Bob Riley, Former Member, Governor's Task Force to Strengthen Alabama Families
  • Former Member, Welfare Reform Commission, Governor Fob James
  • Founding Member/Former Chair, Board of Directors. State Policy Network

Election History

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