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Rep. Gary Palmer

House Republican Policy Committee Chair and Representative for Alabama’s 6th District

pronounced GAR-ee // PAH-mer

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.

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.

Photo of Rep. Gary Palmer [R-AL6]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Palmer.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 liberal–conservative 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 Sep 20, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

NumbersUSA: 97% Americans for Prosperity: 87% The Club for Growth: 84% United States Chamber of Commerce: 75% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: C NIAC Action: D American Civil Liberties Union: 7% Human Rights Campaign: 0% League of Conservation Voters: 0% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

Gary Palmer sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Palmer was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Palmer sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (38%) Health (19%) Economics and Public Finance (19%) Transportation and Public Works (12%) Environmental Protection (12%)

Recent Bills

Some of Palmer’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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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.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Palmer voted Nay

Passed 361/61 on Sep 26, 2018.

H.R. 6157 provides $674.6 billion in total discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense for fiscal year (FY) 2019. The bill provides $606.5 billion ...

Palmer voted Nay

Passed 382/19 on Jun 20, 2017.

H.R. 2866 reviews and improves licensing standards for placement in a relative foster family home. This bill would require HHS to identify reputable model standards ...

Palmer voted Yea

Passed 229/177 on May 19, 2017.

H.R. 1039 amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe ...

Palmer voted Nay

Palmer voted No

Palmer voted No

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. ...

Palmer voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Palmer voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Sep 2019, Palmer missed 22 of 3,075 roll call votes, which is 0.7%. This is better than the median of 2.0% 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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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: