Palmer is the representative for Alabama’s 6th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 6, 2015. Palmer is next up for reelection in 2020 and serves until Jan 3, 2021.
He is also House Republican Policy Committee Chair, a party leadership role. Party leaders focus more on setting their party’s legislative priorties than on introducing legislation.
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Read our 2019 Report Card for Palmer.
Palmer is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Palmer has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Oct 16, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Gary Palmer sits on the following committees:
Palmer was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
- H.R. 4646 (115th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1900 Corporate Drive in Birmingham, Alabama, as the “Lance Corporal Thomas E. Rivers, Jr. Post ...
Does 1 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Palmer sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Palmer’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 8360: Coronavirus Relief Fund Flexibility Act of 2020
- H.R. 8284: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Integrity Act
- H.R. 7149: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide special disposition rules ...
- H.Res. 640: Condemning the global persecution of Christians.
- H.R. 2955: PLANE Act
- H.R. 2502: Transparency in Federal Buildings Projects Act of 2019
- H.R. 2108: Retirement Freedom Act
As House Republican Policy Committee Chair, Palmer may be focused on his responsibilities other than introducing legislation, such as setting the chamber’s agenda, uniting his party, and brokering deals.
From Jan 2015 to Oct 2020, Palmer missed 37 of 3,454 roll call votes, which is 1.1%. This is better than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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