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Birth Name: Sarah Louise Heath
Birthplace: Sandpoint, Idaho
Birth Date: February 11, 1964
Best Known As: John McCain's vice-presidential candidate in 2008
Spouses & Family: Todd Palin, 2 Sons- Track and Trig, and 3 daughters- Bristol, Willow and Piper.


Career Highlights-
In 1984, Sarah Palin was in the Miss Wasilla pageant and also she finished in third place in the Miss Alaska pageant and by doing that she won the Miss Congeniality award and scholarship. With using the scholarship she won she attended Hawaii Pacific University in the fall of 1982, and then attended North Idaho College in the spring of 1983. After attending North Idaho College then she went to University Of Idaho in the fall of 1984 and spring of 1985. In the year of 1985 Sarah also attended Matanuska-Susitna College, and then in spring of 1986 she returned back to University Of Idaho and received her Bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in journalism.
What Sarah really wanted to do was be a sportscaster. When she was younger she was on the cross country team and was captain and point guard for the girl’s basketball team for their school. After she graduated she worked as a sportscaster for KTUU-TV and KTVA-TV in anchorage. Sarah was also a sports reporter for the Matsu Valley Frontiersman.
Then Sarah’s early political career started off with being the Wasilla City Council. She got elected in the year 1992. Palin didn’t complete her second term in the city council because she got elected mayor in 1996. Then through the years of 1996-2002 Palin served two three-year terms as being the mayor of Wasilla. While she was mayor she introduced abortion, gun rights, and term limits as problems.
In the year 2002, Sarah Palin ran for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor. The when Frank Murkowski and Loren Leman won the election in November 2002, but then in December 2002 Frank Murkowski resigned from his U.S. Senate seat he considered Palin to replace him in the Senate. Then December 4, 2006, Sarah Palin was Alaska’s first women governor after she ran for the ethics and clean government. Then in the year 2008, Senator Jon McCain made Sarah the first Republican Party’s first female candidate for vice president. But both McCain and Palin were defeated by the Democratic Party. Now she has written a book that just recently came out called Going Rogue: An American Life also she has been on tour for the Right to Life campaign and has been recently in Wisconsin for this campaign. At this time she is on her book tour.





Community Involvement-
In 1992, Sarah entered politics. She won a seat on the Wasilla City Council by opposing tax hikes. Four years later, Palin was elected mayor of Wasilla by knocking off three-term incumbent. Alaska Governor Frank appointed Sarah Palin to chair the state’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in 2003. Prior to her election as governor, Sarah Palin served two terms on the Wasilla City Council and also two terms as the mayor/manager of Wasilla. During her tenure, she reduced property tax levels while increasing services and made Wasilla a business friendly environment and drawing in new industry.
When Palin attended Wasilla High School she was the head of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Being a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), she believes the right to bear arms including handguns possession, is against a ban on semi-automatic assault weapons. Palin also supports gun safety education for the youth. She also supports capital punishment for adults that murder children and other innocent people.


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The Awards Sarah Palin won!-
1982, Sarah played on the Wasilla High School’s state champion girls’ basketball team. After graduating from high school in 1982, Palin wore the crown of Miss Wasilla in 1984 and was the runner-up in the Miss Alaska contest. But by winning the pageant she won an award and a college scholarship. August 1, 2009, Governor Sarah Palin received numerous awards at the NRA banquet. Governor Palin is the second Amendment’s guardian angel; this is why her image and likeness stands guard over gun racks, closets and stores throughout our nation. While she was attending North Idaho College she won the Alumni Achievement Award in June 2008. Also the conservative publication Human Events name Sarah Palin as their 2008 Conservative of the year.






Global-
Being on the energy front, Palin has intensely pursued a pipeline to have natural gas from the North Slope of Alaska to market. The state legislature approved her plan in the summer 2008 and gave $500 million subsidy to TransCanada, a Canadian company to help build the project.






Why I chose Sarah Palin-
I picked Sarah Palin because I think she’s a very strong women and she has her head on her shoulders. Like when she gives a speech she sounds like a natural, she speaks like a normal person and hardly ever goes off of a teleprompter it makes everything more believable. I recently went to her speech for the Right to Life and being my age I learned so much from her. She kept the audience alive and there was not one boring or dull time that someone wasn’t yelling out “Yes” or standing up and clapping as loud as they can. Also in the beginning she made all of the veterans’ and all of the other people serving in the Military to stand up and to have a moment of silence. Also know that she cares what America is about. To me, I think her words are very powerful and insirpuring. Also she knows what she’s doing; I think Sarah Palin would make a great person that could change America back to what it was. Sarah also worked hard to be where she’s at now, even though she has everyone putting her down and her parenting choices, I personally think she’s doing a great job. Another reason I picked Sarah Palin is because when she found out that her youngest son Trig was born with Down syndrome she didn’t decide to have an abortion. She decided to be the strong parent and keep the baby even though it’s not going to be easy but she is willing to take the time.





Sources-
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Sarah Palin Biography. November 12, 2009,http://www.biography.com/articles/Sarah-Palin-360398

Sarah Palin, November 12, 2009, http://www.answers.com/topic/sarah-palin

Who is Sarah Palin?. Times Online. December 1,2009,
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article4635147.ece

McCain taps Alaska Gov. Palin as vice president pick. Election center 2008. November 12, 2009,http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/08/29/palin.republican.vp.candidate/


Eltelt, Steven. 2009.Sarah Palin Present Pro-Life Views, Advocates for the Disabled During Right to LIfe Speech.LifeNews.com. December 1, 2009,http://www.lifenews.com/state4068.html