Sharon Murphy Palmer has served as president of AFT Connecticut since July 2003 and is a member of the AFT Teachers program and policy council. She has been an executive officer of the state federation since 1989, when she was elected to her first term as first vice president. Prior to becoming president, she held the office of executive vice president for two years.
Palmer is a member of the Waterford Federation of Classroom Teachers. She served as the local's president and treasurer for a number of years while teaching junior high school math and science.
Palmer is the first vice president of the Connecticut State AFL-CIO and vice president of the Southeastern Connecticut Central Labor Council. She also serves on a number of boards, commissions, task forces and committees, most with ties to labor, progressive politics and the causes for which Palmer has spent most of her life working.