PINE BELT (WDAM) - Mississippi voters re-elected Rep. Steven Palazzo to a fourth term to represent Mississippi's 4th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Palazzo was first sworn into office January 5, 2011 after ousting 10-term Democratic incumbent Gene Taylor.
"I think it's a great indication that what we're doing, not only in this district, but in Washington D.C., resonates with the good people of South Mississippi," Palazzo said. "We're fighting for conservative principles, pushing conservative solutions, and we're making a difference. We're not afraid to stand up and do the right thing, so I'm very elated. I'm blessed. I just want to thank the people of Mississippi's 4th congressional district - the Pine Belt all the way to the coast - for putting their faith and trust in me to go serve them for another two years."
Palazzo was re-elected in 2012 and held off a challenge from Taylor in 2014, after Taylor switched parties to run against Palazzo in the Republican primary election.
Palazzo denied both allegations.
"It's funny, I had drill this past weekend, and I took a good ribbing for that because everybody sees me once a month at a military installation somewhere in the state, usually Camp Shelby," Palazzo said. "So I don't buy into the allegations. I mean, when you're an incumbent, you've got to be able to take the arrows, the axes, whatever they throw at you. But again, you speak the truth. You work hard, and you deliver to the families and the people that you represent, everything else takes care of itself. I think the election results tonight show that my sad opponents and their allegations just didn't hold water."
Palazzo currently serves on the House Appropriations Committee, where he sits on three subcommittees: the Commerce, Justice, Science subcommittee, the Subcommittee on Agriculture, and the Legislative Branch Subcommittee. Palazzo is also chairman of the House National Guard Caucus.
"Going forward, I've been working for the past six years advancing conservative solutions, fighting, whether it's to defend the Second Amendment, religious liberties, make sure our men and women in uniform have everything they need to do their jobs (or) keeping our promises to our veterans," Palazzo said. "We've cut spending four, five consecutive years in a row. Those things are important. That's what the American people want us to do, get out debt under control. But tonight's election presidentially, either we're going to have a Republican that's going to work, you know, that's going to make it a lot easier to make America great again for all Americans or we're going to continue to have somebody that's going to continue to sell policies of the liberal agenda of Barack Obama. I hope that doesn't happen because, you know, I think a lot of people are frustrated. They're aggravated. We're definitely ready to take America on a different course, but it's going to be the right course."
Palazzo spent Tuesday night in the Pine Belt celebrating his win with close family and friends.
"I'm celebrating our victory party with a lot of my friends and family, close friends and family, and of course those I went to Southern Miss with, so it's just a great night," Palazzo said. "(I) thank everybody from south Mississippi for their prayers, their support and thank you for sending me back to fight for you and your family."