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Shirley J. Palmer

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District 4 State Representative

Local Address: Joplin, Missouri, United States
State of Kansas

Employment History

  • Fourth District State Representative
  • Designer
    House of White Birches/Annie
  • National President
    Pittsburg State University Alumni Association
  • Representative, Hth District
    State of Kansas House of Representatives
  • Kansas House of Representatives

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member of the Board of Regents
  • Member of the Board of Regents
  • Representative


  • diplomas
    Fort Scott Junior College
  • diplomas
    Fort Scott High School
42 Total References
Web References
Palmer seeks third term in ..., 10 June 2010 [cached]
Palmer seeks third term in Kansas House
Palmer represents the 4th House District, which includes all of Linn County and most of Bourbon County. She was first elected in 2006.
"It has been an honor to serve the people of the 4th House District," Palmer said. "I have deeply appreciated the opportunity work across party lines to find practical and efficient ways to solve problems. As state representative, I have made every effort to vote according to the values of our district, keep my constituents informed, and help those in need."
Palmer serves on the House Committees on Commerce and Labor, Higher Education, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Transportation, Education, Rules and Regulations as well as the Commission for the Aging. Throughout her four years of service, Palmer has maintained near perfect attendance both in committee and on the House floor. She was only absent when her husband was in the Mayo Clinic this year. In four years, Palmer has missed only one recorded vote.
"Shirley Palmer has always demonstrated the ability to work across the aisle in an effort to protect Kansas schools, ensure the safety of our communities and provide for our elderly and disabled. With Shirley in the Statehouse on behalf of Linn and Bourbon counties, Kansas will emerge from this economic recession better and stronger than ever."
Palmer has worked in all levels of education for over 40 years. Her experience ranges from elementary school teacher to service as a member of the Kansas Board of Regents. She was named Kansas Teacher of the Year in 1982, was inducted into the Kansas Teachers' Hall of Fame in 2002, was named one of seven top Kansans of the Year by the Topeka Capital-Journal in 1993 and served as National President of the Pittsburg State University Board of Directors for the Alumni Association in 2005-2006. She has also been honored with Outstanding Alumni Awards from both Fort Scott Community College and Pittsburg State University.
Palmer is a lifelong Kansan. Her state and local involvement include: Leadership Kansas; Big Brother/Big Sister Board; County-wide 4-H Horticulture Leader; County Fair Supt.; Fort Scott Community College Alumni and Friends Board; Presbyterian Advisory Council; Delta Kappa Gamma; Progressive Mother's Club; First Baptist Church; Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce; Rotary; Courtland Group; Mercy Hospital Auxiliary Volunteer; Kansas Teachers' Hall of Fame District 1 chair; and Precinct Committeewoman.
Palmer earned diplomas from Fort Scott High School and Fort Scott Junior College before obtaining both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Education from Kansas State College of Pittsburg. She also holds an Education Specialists Degree in School Administration from Pittsburg State University. Currently, Palmer resides on a farm southwest of Fort Scott with her husband, Ron of 47 years. They have two grown sons and five grandchildren. The Palmer family has also owned and operated several small businesses in the past.
Previously, Palmer has been supported by: Kansans for Life; Kansas Livestock Association; National Rifle Association; Kansas Farm Bureau; K-NEA; Kansas Association of School Boards and School Administrators; Kansas Families United for Public Education; and Kansas Citizens for Higher Education.
Shirley Palmer has agreed with Gov. Parkinson's SPEND SPEND SPEND agenda. All you have to do is read her newsletters for yourself.
Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America - Active Living & Wellness Communities, 1 Jan 2008 [cached]
4th District State Representative of Kansas, Shirley Palmer, is sponsoring get-togethers for both Linn and Bourbon County residents on Friday, January 11, 2008. Read More...
Shirley ..., 21 Sept 2006 [cached]
Shirley Palmer
Kansas House - District 4 Shirley Palmer
Shirley resides in Fort Scott with her husband of 45 years, Ron.
Shirley received undergraduate and Master's degrees in education, as well as an Education Specialist degree, all from Pittsburg State University. She retired in 2005 after nearly 40 years educating Kansas schoolchildren.
After retirement, she went on to serve as the National President of Pittsburg State University Alumni Association and has been honored with the Pittsburg State University Outstanding Alumni Award. The Topeka Capital Journal named Shirley as one of seven Kansans of the Year in 1993.
Shirley serves on the House Committees on Education and Veterans, Military and Homeland Security, as well as the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. In 2007, Shirley also served on the House Advisory Committee on Math and Science Education, which developed a vision for education in Kansas that includes a long-term commitment to math, science and innovation.
Throughout her first term in the Legislature, Shirley has worked tirelessly on behalf of public education, a field she has been actively involved with for more than 40 years. Her experience ranges from the elementary school level as a teacher to the post secondary level as a member of the State Board of Regents. Among her many honors and awards, she was named Kansas Teacher of the Year in 1982 and was inducted into the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame in 2002.
In addition to her work in education, Shirley has also been instrumental in efforts to rebuild the economy of Southeast Kansas communities that were damaged by 2007 flooding. Palmer has supported legislation to assist business restoration, reduce taxes and provide affordable housing in impacted areas.
Quilts for Sale, 22 June 2013 [cached]
Designer: Shirley Palmer - Used by permission of House of White Birches/Annie's Publishing
Endorsements, 23 June 2013 [cached]
Shirley J. Palmer
Kansas House of Representatives
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