Congressman Gary Palmer was elected by his House GOP peers to serve as Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, an in-house think tank of sorts that promotes conservative ideas among the House Republican Conference.
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— Elaina Plott (@elainaplott) November 14, 2018
The selection puts Palmer on the House GOP leadership team for the upcoming 116th Congress alongside Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, and Conference Chair Liz Cheney of Wyoming.
“I appreciate the faith that my colleagues have placed in me and am grateful for their support,” Palmer said after the vote.
“Throughout my career, I have focused on being a problem solver and developing and promoting sound policies, so I feel like I’m uniquely prepared for this role. I look forward to working with my colleagues as we continue advancing and promoting ideas supported by the American people.”
Before his service in Congress, Palmer led the Alabama Policy Institute, a Birmingham-based think tank that studied state problems and proposed conservative solutions.
Chairing the Republican Policy Committee has been a career springboard for many congressman, including former Rep. Tom Price, who would go on to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services, former Rep. James Lankford, who is now a U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, and former Rep. Dick Cheney, who later became Secretary of Defense and Vice President of the United States.
Palmer’s Alabama delegation colleagues offered messages of congratulations on Twitter following the election.
A big congratulations to my friend and Alabama delegation colleague @USRepGaryPalmer for being elected House GOP Policy Chair. Proud of you!
— Rep. Martha Roby (@RepMarthaRoby) November 14, 2018
— Rep. Bradley Byrne (@RepByrne) November 14, 2018