February 21, 2018  

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New U.S. Congressman Palazzo Visits DuBard School, Children’s Center

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United States Congressman Steven Palazzo, left, gets a tour of the Dubard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi from school director Dr. Maureen Martin. (Office of University Communications photo by Steve Rouse)

When asked by students at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi what he enjoyed most about his job, freshman U.S. Congressman Steven Palazzo answered, “helping people.”

Palazzo, a Republican representing the Fourth District of Mississippi, was elected to his first term in Congress last November. A Southern Miss alumnus, Palazzo paid his initial visit to the DuBard School and the Children’s Center for Communication and Development on Tuesday, March 22.

“The speech therapists, graduate assistants and volunteers at both of these facilities are doing a wonderful job teaching these children and it’s been a privilege for me to see some of their efforts up close,” said Palazzo. “And it’s easy to see that the students are very interested and responsive to the teaching methods being used.”

Palazzo, a Gulfport, Miss., native, earned his undergraduate degree in accounting from Southern Miss in 1994 and returned to obtain a master’s degree from his alma mater in 1996. Since that time he has built a highly successful CPA firm, Palazzo & Co., while also serving in the Mississippi House of Representatives.

A diehard supporter of all things black and gold, Palazzo insists that he will be a strong advocate for the best interests of Southern Miss as he navigates the tricky politics of Washington, D.C.

“I’m a big proponent of reducing the amount of federal spending that’s taking place in our government,” said Palazzo. “At the same time, I know that programs such as the Dubard School and Children’s Center rely on federal dollars to remain strong and viable. I’ll do everything I can to see that they, along with other Southern Miss programs, receive all the support Congress can provide.”