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Sarah (Louise Heath) Palin Biography

Palin was born February 11, 1964, in Sandpoint, Idaho. After finishing Wasilla High School in Wasilla (near Anchorage) she attended the University of Idaho.

In 1987 she graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications & Journalism. In 1984, Palin won the Miss Wasilla Pageant beauty contest and subsequently finished second runner-up in the Miss Alaska pageant which paid for a a college scholarship and the "Miss Congeniality" award.

Palin and her husband Todd, who is an oil-production operator, have five children.

She was elected governor in 2006, defeating the incumbent governor in a Republican primary, and became the youngest and the first female leader of Alaska.

Prior to serving as governor, Palin was the mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, and chairwoman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which regulates the state's oil and gas resources.

Sarah Palin is currently the governor of Alaska and would be the first female vice president if the Republican ticket is victorious in November.

Election 2008 Artifacts

August 29, 2008 -- John McCain Selects Alaska Governor Sarah Palin As Vice Presidential Running Mate

ARLINGTON, VA -- U.S. Senator John McCain today announced that he has selected Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate and to serve as his vice president.

Governor Palin is a tough executive who has demonstrated during her time in office that she is ready to be president. She has brought Republicans and Democrats together within her Administration and has a record of delivering on the change and reform that we need in Washington.

Governor Palin has challenged the influence of the big oil companies while fighting for the development of new energy resources. She leads a state that matters to every one of us -- Alaska has significant energy resources and she has been a leader in the fight to make America energy independent.

In Alaska, Governor Palin challenged a corrupt system and passed a landmark ethics reform bill. She has actually used her veto and cut budgetary spending. She put a stop to the "bridge to nowhere" that would have cost taxpayers $400 million dollars.

As the head of Alaska's National Guard and as the mother of a soldier herself, Governor Palin understands what it takes to lead our nation and she understands the importance of supporting our troops.

Governor Palin has the record of reform and bipartisanship that others can only speak of. Her experience in shaking up the status quo is exactly what is needed in Washington today.
(Official press release John McCain campaign on August 29, 2008)

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