Sharon Priest served as Little Rock’s 70th Mayor from January 1991 until December 1992. She was a member of the Little Rock City Board of Directors from January 1987 until December 1994. She had previously been involved with the City Beautiful Commission prior to her service on the City Board. She continued that involvement and was also a leader of the Arts and Humanities Promotion Commission, serving several terms as chair.
From January 1995 until January 2003, she was the 31st Secretary of State for Arkansas. She was the first woman elected to the position. (Nancy Hall held it from 1961 to 1963 following the death of her husband, longtime Secretary of State C. G. “Crip” Hall.)
Following her service as Secretary of State, she directed the Downtown Little Rock Partnership from January 2003 until March 2015.