Shirley Palmer

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Shirley Palmer
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Candidate for
Kansas House of Representatives District 4
Prior offices
Kansas House of Representatives District 4
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Shirley Palmer was a 2012 Democratic candidate for the District 4 seat in the Kansas House of Representatives in 2012. She previously served in that seat from 2007-2011, but did not regain the seat in 2012.

Palmer has undergraduate and Master's degrees in education from Pittsburg State University. Prior to being elected, she served as a teacher in Kansas for nearly 40 years, retiring in 2005.

She has also served as the National President of Pittsburg State University Alumni Association and has been married to her husband Ron for 45 years. They have two sons and two grandchildren.[1]

Policy Positions

Palmer's main issue has been public education. In addition she has worked to rebuild Southeast Kansas Communities damaged by flooding in 2007.[1]

Palmer refused to take Project Vote Smart's Political Courage Test. The test, which is administered to all candidates for presidential, congressional, gubernatorial, and state legislative offices, asks one central question - "Are you willing to tell citizens your positions on the issues you will most likely face on their behalf?"[2]

Palmer has not sponsored any major legislation.[3]

Committee assignments

While a member of the Kansas House of Representatives, Palmer served on the following committees:



See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Palmer ran for election in the 2012 election for Kansas House of Representatives District 4. Palmer ran unopposed in the August 7 Democratic primary and was defeated by Marty Read (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 4, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMarty Read 62.6% 6,084
     Democratic Shirley Palmer 37.4% 3,629
Total Votes 9,713


See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Palmer lost her bid for re-election to the 4th District seat against Caryn Tyson (R). Palmer had no opposition in the Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[6]


On November 4, 2008, Palmer was re-elected to the 4th District Seat in the Kansas House of Representatives, defeating Lynne D. Oharah (R).[7] Palmer raised $48,597 for her campaign, while Oharah raised $17,311.[8]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 4
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngShirley Palmer (D) 5,071 53.0%
Lynne D. Oharah (R) 4,497 46.9%

Campaign donors

In 2008 Palmer collected $48,597 in donations.[9]

Four of her largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Bourbon County Democratic Central Committee $1,500
Carpenters District Council of Kansas City & Vicinity $1,000
Palmer, Ronald $1,000
Kansas Contractors Association $1,000


Palmer has a husband, Ron.

Contact information

Capitol Office

Room: DSOB

Phone: 785-296-7698


External links

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kansas House of Representatives District 4
Succeeded by
Caryn Tyson (R)