Sarah Palin Biography
Looking for information on Sarah Palin biography? Sarah Palin was born on February 11th, 1964 in Sandpoint, Idaho, although she currently lives in Wasilla, Alaska. Sarah Palin is married to her husband, Todd, and they have several children together, including Bristol, Willow, Piper, Track, and Trig. Sarah Palin graduated from Wasilla High School in 1982 and the University of Idaho in 1987, where she earned a bachelor's degree in journalism. After graduating from college, Sarah Palin moved back to Alaska and became a television sports reporter. After marrying her husband, Todd, in 1988, she left her job as a television reporter to help Todd run his commercial fishing business.
Four years after marrying her husband, Sarah Palin decided to run as a Republican for the Wasilla City Council. She won a seat, and four years later, in 1996, she ran for and won the elected position of mayor of Wasilla. Sarah Palin had many accomplishments as the mayor of Wasilla, such as reducing spending, cutting property taxes, and raising the city sales tax so she could build a sports complex in Wasilla. In 2002, Sarah Palin decided to take her political career a step further by running for lieutenant governor. However, she lost the election by less than 2,000 votes.
After losing the election, the Governor of Alaska, Frank Murkowski, made Sarah Palin the chair of Alaska's Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. After receiving the appointment in 2003, Sarah Palin resigned in 2004 because she felt other Republican leaders in Alaska lacked ethics. Sarah Palin decided to run for Governor of Alaska in 2006, and she won the primary, beating out Frank Murkowski. Tony Knowles, who was the Democratic Governor of Alaska from 1994 through 2002, ran again in 2006 against Sarah Palin, but lost to her 49 percent to 41 percent. By winning the election, Sarah Palin became both the youngest governor and the first female governor in the history of the state.
Senator John McCain of Arizona ran against Barack Obama to become the President of the United States in 2008. On August 21st, 2008, McCain picked Sarah Palin to be his Vice Presidential running mate. Until then, Sarah Palin was relatively unknown to most Americans. Again making history, Sarah Palin was the first Republican female to ever be a Vice Presidential running mate. Sarah Palin received much criticism because many people felt she was not experienced enough to be the Vice President of the United States. Of course, McCain and Palin lost the presidential election, and Palin moved back home to Alaska to continue being governor. However, she resigned in 2009 and may be planning to make a presidential run herself in the future.