Palmer has received the Roe Award which pays tribute to those in the state public policy movement whose achievements have greatly advanced the free market philosophy and also recognizes leadership, innovation and accomplishment in public policy. In addition, Palmer received a Focus on the Family Leadership Award from Dr. James Dobson. Widely published on state and national issues, Gary is respected for his public policy expertise and has been ranked as one of Alabama's 40 most influential leaders.
He is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Management and he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Mobile.
For 24 years Gary Palmer led
the Alabama Policy Institute
(API), a research and
education organization whose
purpose is to identify, develop
and promote sound public
policies that emphasize a limited
government, free markets, the
rule of law and strong families.
API, which is ranked as the most
organization in Alabama, is very
involved in working with the State
Legislature and the Governor’s
Office to provided detailed research and analysis on such issues as charter schools, state employee pension and benefit reform, rewriting the state constitution as well as developing solutions and ideas for improving state government.
Gary served on Governor Robert Bentley’s Alabama Commission on Improving State Government. He was appointed by former Governor Bob Riley to the Governor’s Task Force to Strengthen Alabama Families, served as an advisor to the Alabama Aerospace, Science and Industry Task Force and served on the Governor’s Welfare Reform Commission, during the James Administration. He is a founding director of the State Policy Network, the professional service organization for America’s state-based, free market think tanks and he served on the State Policy Network board of directors for six years, the final two as president.
GARY PALMER NAMED "NATIONAL CANDIDATE OF THE YEAR" BY NATIONAL REVIEW
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