By The Hill Staff - 10/27/10 06:08 PM EDT
Date of birth: Oct. 9, 1958
Birthplace: Tupelo, Miss.
Residence: Tupelo, Miss.
Occupation: Founder and president of Allied Funeral Associates; public official
Education: B.S., Mississippi State University
Previous office held: State senator
Family: Wife, Tori; three children
Date of birth: Feb. 21, 1970
Birthplace: Gulfport, Miss.
Residence: Biloxi, Miss.
Occupation: State representative
Education: Bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi; master’s degree, University of Southern Mississippi
Previous office held: State representative
Family: Wife, Lisa; three children
Steven Palazzo defeated Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) after Taylor tried hard to distance himself from his party. Palazzo has been a state representative since 2006 and is a member of the Mississippi National Guard. He was born in 1970 in Gulfport, Miss., and received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi. Palazzo continued on to the Marine Corps Reserves, with which he served in the Persian Gulf War. Together, Palazzo and his wife, Lisa, started a company in 2001 to help U.S. citizens abroad. Palazzo and Co. has become an international firm specializing in individual income taxes in more than 25 countries.