- Born Sarah Louise Heath on February 11, 1964 (44-years old)
- Moved with parents Charles and Sally Palin to Alaska as a little girl
- Grew up as an avid 5k and 10k runner (entire family did races together) and now runs marathons
- Point guard and captain of high school basketball team that won state championship (nicknamed Sarah Barracuda for aggressive play)
- High school leader of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
- First runner-up in 1984 Miss Alaska beauty pageant
- Admits smoking marijuana in her youth in Alaska when it was legal there but not liking it
- Lifetime member of the National Rifle Association (NRA)
- Bachelor’s degree in journalism from University of Idaho
- Former sports reporter and commercial fisherman and now an avid hockey player
- Married high school sweetheart, Todd Palin
- Husband works in Alaskan oil field for BP. He is also a champion snowmobiler who has won 2000-mile “Iron Dog” race four times.
- Todd is a Yup’ik Eskimo (native to Alaska)
- Mother of five children. Oldest son joined U.S. army on September 11, 2007. Youngest son has downs syndrome. Refused abortion after learning son would have downs while she was pregnant.
- City Councilwoman for two terms before being elected twice as mayor of Wasilla
Served on Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Committee before blowing whistle against corrupt Republican leaders in the state. She resigned over the matter to make her point. She exposed state Republican party chairman Randy Ruedrich who resigned and was forced to pay record fine.
- Elected governor of Alaska in 2006
- Proposed plans to cut green-house gases and address climate change
- Opposes same sex marriage but is against discrimination against gays and believes in giving full rights to gays. She signed same-sex benefits law that predecessor wouldn’t.
Proponent of eliminating pork barreling in and for Alaska
- Constant approval rating in the 80’s and 90’s percentile
- Hunts and eats moose burgers
I think that Republicans will be jazzed up by this nomination in a way that other front-runners wouldn't have done. She's an impressive woman and speaker. Whether she's up to speed on foreign policy is a question mark. And whether Independent and Democratic women disenchanted by the treatment of Hilary Clinton will come to the McCain/Palin ticket is unclear. But this nomination will at least give McCain a second look. Now the two of them have to close the deal.
Sarah Palin is smart, honest, competent, outspoken, courageous, and has lived what she believes. The Republican Party has lost this image over the years and she is no longer what many people think of when they hear Republican. It should be. Governor Palin could truly be the future of the Rpublican Party reenergizing and refocusing. I hope we follow.
And as a sidenote – McCain is most likely a one-term President (he’d be 76 when he was campaigning for a second term) so a VP position now puts Governor Sarah Palin in a great position for President 2012.