Sarah Palin is an American politician, author, and TV personality who ran as Senator John McCain’s candidate in the 2008 presidential election.
Sarah Palin Biography
Born February 11, 1964, in Sandpoint, Idaho. Sarah’s father Charles was a science teacher, while her mother Sally was a school secretary.
As a young lady, Sarah had an impressive appearance, and after high school in 1984, she won the Miss Wasilla beauty pageant and placed second in the Miss Alaska pageant, earning her the title of Miss Congeniality.
After graduating from college, Sarah tried her hand at sports news and reporting before finally going into politics. In 1992, Palin, who ran with the Republicans, won a seat on Wasilla City Council.
Her policy advocated lower taxes by opposing tax increases. Four years later she was elected Mayor of Wasilla. She defeated incumbent John Stein, who had served three consecutive terms. During her time as mayor, she lowered property taxes, increased the city’s sales tax by half a percentage point, and invested in public safety.
In 2002, Sarah Palin challenged the incumbent governor of Alaska, Frank Murkowski, for the Republican Party nomination, but lost by less than 2,000 votes. In a second attempt, Palin won the Republican gubernatorial primary in 2006, defeating the incumbent Governor Murkowski.
Sarah Palin won the November 2006 general election, defeating former Democratic governor Tony Knowles. With her victory, she entered the history books as the first female governor. She was also the youngest female governor in the history of the state of Alaska.
In the 2008 presidential campaign, Senator John McCain selected Governor Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential candidate and was nominated at the Republican National Convention on September 4. With her nomination, Palin made history as the second woman to run for vice-presidential office on the electoral lists of the major U.S. political parties and the first Republican candidate for vice-presidential office.
Sarah Palin attended high school at Wasilla High School. She was part of the school cross-country skiing team, the basketball team, and co-captain of the school team that won the Alaska State Championship in 1982.
After high school, Sarah Palin’s nomadic college career took her through four different universities in six years. First, she was admitted to the University of Hawaii, Hilo, in 1982, where she spent only a few weeks for reasons not mentioned. Sarah moved to Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, where she studied business administration for one semester in the fall of 1982.
For the spring and fall semesters of 1983, she transferred to North Idaho College, a community college in Coeur d’Alene, where she completed general studies in spring and fall 1983. Although she did not earn a degree here, the Palin institution awarded the school the Distinguished Alumni of the Year in 2008.
In August 1984, she was on the move again and enrolled at the University of Idaho. In January 1986, Palin returned to the University of Idaho, attending three more semesters: Spring 1986, Fall 1986 and Spring 1987. In May 1987, she finally graduated with a degree in Journalism and Communication.
Husband, Son, Daughter
Sarah is married to Todd Palin. The duo met in high school at Wasilla High School. Their romance blossomed early, and in August 1988 they broke through. Todd is an oil field production manager who worked for eighteen years for the BP oil company on the North Slope oil fields in Alaska.
Todd is also a commercial fisherman. Mr. Palin is also a four-time champion of the Tesoro Iron Dog snowmobile race, the longest snowmobile race in the world.
The couple is blessed with five children: Track Charles James, Bristol Sheeran Marie, Willow Bianca Faye; Piper Indy Grace, and Trig Paxson Van, who lives with Down’s Syndrome. They also have five grandchildren.
In December 2017, the couple’s first son, Track, attacked and beat up his father Todd in a domestic violence case. Track, a U.S. Army veteran, broke into the family home after he had a disagreement with his father over a truck. He broke through a window, disarmed his father, physically abused him, and left him with head wounds and bruises. Sarah called the police to calm the situation, whereupon Track was taken away and later charged with aggravated assault, first-degree burglary, and fourth-degree assault.
The couple’s daughter, Bristol, hit the national headlines when it became known that she was pregnant out of wedlock. This was partly due to Sarah Palin’s conservative views on birth control and abortion.
Sarah Palin has had a career that spans a variety of areas. She is a writer, TV personality, politician, and political analyst. She is the author of Going Rogue: An American Life, I Hope Like Heck, Sweet Freedom: Devotional, Good Tidings, and Great Joy. Due to her various sources of income, her net worth is estimated at $12 million.