John McCain, once again, proved to be a “maverick” today by unexpectedly nominating Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin as his Vice-President on the Republican ticket. Governor Palin is known as a pro-life, gun rights, low taxes, and aggressive political ethics reformer.
Sarah Palin was born on February 11th, 1964 in Sandpoint, Idaho. She arrived with her family in Alaska in 1964, where her parents moved to teach school. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications-Journalism from the University of Idaho in 1987. She is married to Todd Palin, a lifelong Alaskan and production operator on the North Slope. He is also known as the four-time champion of the world’s longest snowmachine race which is called the “Iron Dog.” The Palins have five children: Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper and Trig. Track enlisted in the U.S. Army on Sept. 11, 2007. Trig was born with Downs Syndrome.
The Vice-Presidential nominee worked as a sports reporter for two Anchorage television stations. Prior to becoming Governor, she served on numerous boards and commissions throughout the state. She was very active as a sports team mom and school volunteer. She also runs marathons and is a lifetime member of the NRA who enjoys hunting and fishing.
Before her election as governor, Palin served two terms on the Wasilla City Council and two terms as the mayor/manager of Wasilla. She reduced property tax levels while increasing services. She has also served as chair of the Alaska Conservation Commission which regulates oil and gas.
Sarah Palin is the first woman Governor of Alaska and the first woman nominated by the Republican Party for Vice-President. After becoming Governor, Palin’s administration aggressively worked for and passed two major pieces of legislation; an overhaul of the state’s ethics laws and a competitive process to construct a gas pipeline.
As Governor, Palin led Alaska to invest $5 billion in state savings, restructured education funding, and developed the Senior Benefits Program that provides support for low-income senior Alaskans. She also created Alaskas Petroleum Systems Integrity Office to provide oversight and maintenance of oil and gas equipment, facilities and infrastructure.
Governor Palin is chair of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. This is a multi-state government agency that promotes the conservation and efficient recovery of domestic oil and natural gas resources. She was recently named chair of the National Governors Association (NGA) Natural Resources Committee.
The McCain Campaign expects Americans to support the McCain-Palin candidacy based on their records of promoting government reform. If elected, Governor Palin will be the first woman to hold the office of Vice-President of the United States.