Sarah Palin is an American politician who attended as the ninth Governor of Alaska, from 2006 to 2009. A Republican, she went for the office of the Vice President in the 2008 Presidential election, alongside the presidential nominee, Arizona Senator John McCain, becoming the first Republican woman to be named for the Vice Presidency. The daughter of a school teacher, she grew up to be an intelligent, beautiful, and self-assured young woman. As a teenager, she was known for her competitive spirit and was very active in athletics during her high school years.
The versatile youngster was also musically inclined and was well-known for her beauty and hover in fact she completed third in the Miss Alaska pageant. She completed a degree in communications at the University of Idaho and entered politics a few years later when she won a seat on the Wasilla city council. She went on to become the city’s mayor and had a successful duty that further inflamed her political ambitions.
A member of the Republican Party, she was elected the Governor of Alaska in 2006, becoming the youngest person and first woman to be appointed to the post. A popular politician, she attains national prominence when John McCain selected her to be his Vice Presidential running mate in 2008. The duo lost the election and Palin returned to her duties as the governor. In early 2015, the media speculated that she might be running for the Republican ticket for the 2016 Presidential election.
Sarah Palin Bio/Wiki
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Sarah Palin was born as Sarah Louise Heath on February 11, 1964, in Sandpoint, Idaho, the U.S. to Sarah, a school secretary, and Charles R. Heath, a science teacher and field coach. She has three siblings. Her family moved frequently during her childhood and finally settled in Wasilla. She attended the Wasilla High School where she was a versatile student with interests in music and sports.
She was also the head of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. A pretty girl, she won the Miss Wasilla beauty pageant in 1984 and then finished third in the Miss Alaska pageant. She enrolled at the University of Hawaii at Hilo after high school and soon transferred to Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu and later to North Idaho College.
She eventually completed her bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis on journalism from the University of Idaho in Moscow in May 1987.
As she engaged in more interviews, the media and the public became more dubious of Palin’s credentials. Palin’s performance in an interview with Katie Couric was widely criticized; publications such as The Huffington Post cited the candidate’s inability to cite examples of John McCain’s support for financial regulation. After this interview, Palin’s poll numbers steeply declined, and many Republicans expressed concern that she was becoming a political liability for McCain.
In addition to her hurdles as a public speaker, Palin also faced a public image crisis when her teenage daughter, Bristol, announced that she was pregnant out of wedlock. Palin’s pro-life stance made an example out of her daughter and, on September 1, 2008, during the 2008 Republican National Convention, it was announced that Bristol was pregnant and engaged to the baby’s father, Levi Johnston.
Johnston denied that he was pressured into the wedding, telling reporters that he and Bristol “were planning on getting married a long time ago with or without the kid. That was the plan from the start.” In September 2019, Todd filed for divorce after 31 years of marriage citing the “incompatibility of temperament.”
Sarah Palin Net Worth
Sarah Palin has a net worth of $15 million as of 2023.
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In 2011, Sarah and Todd spent $1.75 million on a six-bedroom home in Scottsdale, Arizona. They sold this house in 2016 for $2.275 million. In 2015 they paid a little under $1 million for the second property in Scottsdale, Arizona. They began construction on what would be a large dream home but never completed the project.
In December 2019 they sold the half-built house on the property for $6.2 million, for a profit of $5.263 over five years. They also co-own several properties in Alaska.
Entry into Alaska Politics
In 1992, Palin decided to enter the political arena. Running on the Republican ticket, she won a seat on the Wasilla City Council by opposing tax hikes, and, four years later, she was elected mayor of Wasilla, knocking off three-term incumbent John Stein, 651 to 440. As mayor, Palin cut property taxes and reduced spending.
She also raised the city sales tax by half of a percent in order to build a popular sports complex and put more money into public safety. Mayor Palin also effectively used the system of congressional earmarks, collecting $26.9 million in such funding, according to the independent watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense.
Palin ran her first statewide campaign in 2002 in a bid for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor but lost by fewer than 2,000 votes. Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski then appointed Palin to chair the state’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in 2003.
She resigned a year later in protest over what she perceived to be the “lack of ethics” of fellow Alaskan Republican leaders, including Republican Party Chair Randy Ruedrich. In 2006, Palin won the Republican primary for Governor, defeating Murkowski. She went on to win the general election in November 2006 by defeating former Democratic Governor Tony Knowles, 49 percent to 41 percent.
With her election, Palin made history as the first female governor, as well as the youngest governor, of Alaska. She was also the state’s first governor to be born after Alaska achieved statehood in 1959.
Pelin on the National Stage
While embroiled in political scandal back home, Palin emerged as a national person of interest when John McCain picked the governor to be his vice presidential running mate on August 29, 2008. He formally introduced her during a campaign rally in Dayton, Ohio, and was nominated on September 4 at the Republican National Convention.
With her nomination, Palin became the second woman to run for vice president on a U.S. major party ticket, and the first Republican female to do so. Addressing the party’s convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, on September 3, Palin depicted herself as “just your average hockey mom,” joking that the “only difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull is lipstick.”
Palin as Governor
While running for governor, Palin supported the so-called “bridge to nowhere,” a $400 million plan to build a bridge in a remote Alaskan community. Palin said the bridge was indispensable for local success, but once she became governor she turned against it, citing rising costs and other priorities. “I told Congress thanks but no thanks for that bridge to nowhere up in Alaska,“ Palin said. “If we wished a bridge we’ll build it ourselves”.
With an emphasis on ethics and openness in government, Palin’s administration focused on education, public safety, and transportation. As a conservative Protestant, she also served as an advocate for pro-life policies; expressed her disapproval of embryonic stem cell research; pushed the belief that creationism, the idea that life was created by a deity, should be taught in public schools alongside the evolution curriculum; and supported Alaska’s decision to amend its constitution to ban same-s*x marriage.
On the energy front, Palin questioned the validity behind the idea that global warming is man-made. She intensely pursued a pipeline to deliver natural gas from the North Slope of Alaska to the market. In the summer of 2008, the state legislature approved her plan to give a $500 million subsidy to TransCanada, a Canadian company, to help build the project. She also passed a major tax increase on state oil production, promising to give some of that money back to Alaskans in the form of a $1,200 check.
While very popular The Anchorage Daily News has called her “the Joan of Arc of Alaska politics” and ” one of the most popular local politicians in America” Palin did not serve without controversy. The Alaska Legislature hired independent investigator Stephen Branchflower to check the behavior of Governor Palin in August 2008 after the dismissal of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.
While Palin had the authority to fire Monegan, the former commissioner challenged that Palin let him go because she was angry that he did not fire Alaska State Trooper Mike Wooten, Palin’s former brother-in-law. Palin denied any wrongdoing, saying Monegan was “insubordinate” in disputes over budget issues, and that he engaged in “egregious rogue behavior.”
The Los Angeles Times pointed out that Palin also reversed her stance on climate change when she said “I believe that man’s activities certainly can be contributing to the issue of global warming, climate change.
Regardless of the reason for climate change, whether it’s entirely, wholly caused by man’s activities or is part of the cyclical nature of our planet the warming and the cooling trends regardless of that, John McCain and I agree that we gotta do something about it, and we have to make sure that we’re doing all we can to cut down on pollution.” But “less than a year ago, she said the opposite,” the Times noted.
She cited her involvement in energy issues in oil-rich Alaska as a national security credential and added that she saw energy as a foundation of national security. On the issue of energy, Palin renewed her support for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, despite McCain’s opposition. But she appeared to do a sharp turn toward McCain’s view on the role humans play in climate change.
There was additional concern that she didn’t know enough about government policies when she failed to understand a question about the Bush Doctrine, a phrase commonly used to describe the foreign policy of the Bush administration. “Granted, this might not be something that your average hockey mom would know,” The New York Times later commented, “but it probably is something that a commander-in-chief-in-waiting might have considered.”
Candidacy For The House Of Representatives In 2022
Palin ran for the vacated congressional seat in the 2022 special election following the death of Alaska’s at-large congressman Don Young. Palin had hinted at a possible Senate campaign in August 2021, challenging incumbent Republican Lisa Murkowski. Former president Donald Trump endorsed her candidacy for the House of Representatives on April 3, 2022.
In the special election for Alaska’s at-large congressional district in 2022, Palin was one of three candidates left out of 50 initial candidates. Independent Al Gross withdrew from the “top four” runoff, leaving Palin, Begich III and ex-state house member Mary Peltola as the remaining candidates.
The special election was won by Mary Peltola after the votes were counted on 31 August. In the first round, she received 58,328 votes (30.9%), and 85,987 votes (48.5%) after Nick Begich’s second preferences were transferred.
Palin asked Nick Begich to drop out of the November election after she lost the race to fill the remainder of Young’s term, but Begich refused to do so.
Facts About Sarah Palin
- Sarah’s family moved from Idaho to Skagway, Alaska when she was a toddler, as her father had been hired for a teaching assignment there. The family relocated to Eagle River, Anchorage in 1969 and eventually settled in the city of Wasilla in 1972.
- She used to play the flute for her junior high school band. When she was in her senior year of high school, she co-captained the basketball team that won the 1982 Alaska state championship.
- Sarah won the 1984 Miss Wasilla beauty pageant and stood 3rd in the Miss Alaska competition, where she won ‘Miss Congeniality.’
- After graduating from university, she worked for a while as a sportscaster for KTUU-TV and KTVA-TV in
- Anchorage and as a sports reporter for the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman newspaper.
- Sarah was elected to the Wasilla City Council in 1992 and then ran for the position of the Mayor of Wasilla in 1996. She won the elections and held that position till October 2002.
- In 2006, Sarah was elected as the Governor of the state of Alaska. She was the first woman and the youngest person to hold that post.
- Sarah became the first citizen from the state of Alaska to win a major American political party’s nomination for the Presidential/Vice-Presidential elections in 2008. She was also the first female to get the Republican party’s nomination for the post of the United States’ Vice-President.
- In 2010, she was named among the “World’s 100 Most Influential People” by Time Magazine.
- She launched an online news network named the Sarah Palin Channel in July 2014. However, it was shut down within a year.
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