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Sarah PalinREPRepublican American politician (born 1964)
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Sarah Louise Palin ( née Heath; born February 11, 1964) is an American politician, commentator, author, and reality television personality who served as the ninth governor of Alaska from 2006 until her resignation in 2009. She was the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee alongside U.S. Senator John McCain. Palin was elected to the Wasilla city council in 1992 and became mayor of Wasilla in 1996. In 2003, after an unsuccessful run for lieutenant governor, she was appointed chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, responsible for overseeing the state's oil and gas fields for safety and efficiency. In 2006, at age 42, she became the youngest person and the first woman to be elected governor of Alaska. Immense legal fees incurred by both Palin and the state of Alaska from her fights against ethics investigations led to her resignation in 2009.Palin was nominated as John McCain's vice presidential running mate at the 2008 Republican National Convention. She was the first Republican female vice presidential nominee and the second female vice presidential nominee of a major party, after Geraldine Ferraro in 1984. The McCain-Palin ticket subsequently lost the 2008 election to the Democratic Party's then-U.S. Senators Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Throughout the race, her public image and experience came under media attention. Although her vice presidential bid alongside McCain was unsuccessful, the 2008 presidential election significantly raised Palin's national profile.

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Education8 - 8 of 6
Hawaii Pacific University
1982 - 1982
University of Idaho
bachelor's degree journalism
1986 - 1987
University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
Matanuska–Susitna College
1985 - 1985
North Idaho College
1983 - 1983
Wasilla High School
Past Positions1 - 9 of 9
State of Alaska
2006 - 2009
Former Mayor
Wasilla City
1996 - 2002
Former Council Member
Wasilla City Council
1992 - 1996
Former President
Alaska Conference of Mayors
Commercial Fishing Business
Fox News Network
2010 - 2015
Former Sports Reporter
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman
Former Sports Reporter
KUU-TV, Anchorage
Former Sports Reporter
KTVA-TV, Anchorage
Other Experience1 - 17 of 17
Valley Youth Sports
Sarah Political Action Committee
Life Member
National Rifle Association
Youth Court Steering Committee
Iditarod Parent-Teacher Association
Wasilla Bible Church
Alaska Miners Association
Alaska Outdoor Council
Alaska Resource Development Council
Valley Hospital Association Board
Former Member
American Management Association
Former Member
Salvation Army Board
Former Member
Various Chambers of Commerce
Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
2003 - 2004
Former Chair
Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission
Former Member
Alaska Municipal League Board
Former Vice Chair
National Governors Association Natural Resources Committee