Molly was born and raised on a vegetable and dairy farm in South Newbury, Vermont, still operated by her family today. She earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Vermont where she proudly competed for the Catamounts as a Division I cross-country skier.
While attending UVM, Molly interned in the Vermont office of Senator Patrick Leahy, answering phones and supporting constituent services, inspiring a career in public service. After graduation, Molly hung up her skis and went to work for Peter Welch, first on his 2006 campaign and later as a Congressional Aide in Washington.
While serving Vermonters in Congressman Welch’s Office, Molly’s brother enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and was deployed to Iraq. At the same time, Molly watched as Congress investigated false reports of “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq, reports of detainee torture at Guantanamo Bay, and allegations of civilian killings by Blackwater.
Molly went on to the International Committee of the Red Cross, where she worked to promote U.S. compliance with the Geneva Conventions and humanitarian principles and led field missions to Haiti, Uganda, Georgia, the Western Balkans, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
In 2011, Molly came home to Vermont and worked her way through Vermont Law School, bartending nights at The Worthy Burger. After graduating, she served as a law clerk to Vermont’s judge to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the Honorable Peter W. Hall in Rutland, Vermont.
Rather than join a law firm, Molly stayed focused on public service and promoting human rights at home and abroad. While completing a Masters Degree in the protection of vulnerable groups, she worked with the U.S. Government and international partners to launch the International Code of Conduct Association; the first global initiative mandated to oversee the compliance of private security contractors with human rights and led field missions in East Africa, Nigeria and Iraq.
Always inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt’s belief that fighting for human rights starts at home, Molly stepped up to serve Vermont as an Assistant Attorney General, while teaching night classes on human rights at Vermont Law School to make ends meet.
Molly was struck by what she saw across Vermont: a shrinking workforce, rural communities left behind, and too many families having to choose between caring for loved ones and paying the bills. Motivated by the pressing needs of Vermonters and a growing demographic crisis, Molly ran for Lieutenant Governor and was elected as the fourth woman in Vermont’s history to hold the office.
In 2021, she married fellow Vermonter and Captain for Republic Airways, Michael Palm, embarking on a life together in the state they love so much.
As Lieutenant Governor, Molly has worked hard to give Vermonters a voice in government and a seat at the table. She has fought for the needs of rural communities and working families hit hardest by the pandemic, advocating for equitable access to broadband, affordable childcare and eldercare, paid family and medical leave, and strong investments in housing and workforce training. She has and will continue to be a champion for human rights, voting rights, reproductive rights, and climate action.
Now, Molly is running for Congress because she knows that Vermont’s biggest challenges, from providing affordable quality child care to solving the state’s workforce crisis, will not be solved by Vermont alone.
Molly will fight like hell for every corner of Vermont and will bring Vermont’s values to Washington.