88 Facts About Governor Sarah Palin


Sarah Louise Palin is an American politician, commentator, author, and reality television personality who served as the ninth governor of Alaska from 2006 until her resignation in 2009.

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Governor Sarah Palin was the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee alongside US Senator John McCain.

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Governor Sarah Palin was nominated for the vice presidency at the 2008 Republican National Convention, shortly after her selection was announced by McCain's campaign.

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Governor Sarah Palin was the first Republican female vice presidential nominee and the second female vice presidential nominee of a major party, after Geraldine Ferraro in 1984.

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When Governor Sarah Palin was a few months old, the family moved to Skagway, Alaska, where her father had been hired to teach.

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Governor Sarah Palin attended Wasilla High School, where she was head of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a member of the girls' basketball and cross-country running teams.

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In 1984, Governor Sarah Palin won the Miss Wasilla beauty pageant; she finished third in the Miss Alaska pageant, where she won the title of "Miss Congeniality".

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Governor Sarah Palin played the flute in the talent portion of the contest.

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Shortly after arriving in Hawaii, Governor Sarah Palin transferred to Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu for a semester in the fall of 1982.

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Governor Sarah Palin returned to the mainland, enrolling at North Idaho College, a community college in Coeur d'Alene, for the spring and fall semesters of 1983.

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Governor Sarah Palin transferred and enrolled at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho for an academic year starting in August 1984.

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Governor Sarah Palin returned to the University of Idaho in January 1986 and received her bachelor's degree in communications with an emphasis in journalism in May 1987.

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Governor Sarah Palin was elected to the Wasilla City Council in 1992, winning 530 votes to 310.

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Concerned that revenue from a new Wasilla sales tax would not be spent wisely, Governor Sarah Palin ran for mayor of Wasilla in 1996, defeating incumbent mayor John Stein 651 to 440 votes.

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Governor Sarah Palin's biographer described her campaign as targeting wasteful spending and high taxes; her opponent, Stein, said that Palin introduced abortion, gun rights, and term limits as campaign issues.

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Governor Sarah Palin ran for reelection against Stein in 1999 and won, 909 votes to 292.

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Governor Sarah Palin was elected president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors in 1999.

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Governor Sarah Palin oversaw creation of new bike paths and procured funding for storm-water treatment to protect freshwater resources.

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Governor Sarah Palin stated this request was to find out their intentions and whether they supported her.

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Governor Sarah Palin temporarily required department heads to get her approval before talking to reporters, saying they needed to learn her administration's policies.

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In October 1996, Governor Sarah Palin asked library director Mary Ellen Emmons if she would object to the removal of a book from the library if people were picketing to have the book removed.

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Governor Sarah Palin said she fired Police Chief Irl Stambaugh because he did not fully support her efforts to govern the city.

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In 2002, Palin ran for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor, coming in second to Loren Leman in a five-way Republican primary.

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Governor Sarah Palin was said to be on the "short list" of possible appointees to Murkowski's US Senate seat, but Murkowski ultimately appointed his daughter, State Representative Lisa Murkowski, as his successor in the Senate.

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Governor Sarah Palin resigned in January 2004 and put her protests against Ruedrich's "lack of ethics" into the public arena by filing a public complaint against Ruedrich, who was then fined $12,000.

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Governor Sarah Palin joined with Democratic legislator Eric Croft in complaining that Gregg Renkes, then the attorney general of Alaska, had a financial conflict of interest in negotiating a coal exporting trade agreement.

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From 2003 to June 2005, Governor Sarah Palin served as one of three directors of "Ted Stevens Excellence in Public Service, Inc, " a 527 group designed to provide political training for Republican women in Alaska.

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In 2004, Governor Sarah Palin told the Anchorage Daily News that she had decided not to run for the US Senate that year against the Republican incumbent, Lisa Murkowski, because her teenage son opposed it.

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Governor Sarah Palin became Alaska's first female governor and, at the age of 42, the youngest governor in Alaskan history.

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Governor Sarah Palin declared that top priorities of her administration would be resource development, education and workforce development, public health and safety, and transportation and infrastructure development.

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Governor Sarah Palin had championed ethics reform throughout her election campaign.

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Governor Sarah Palin signed the resulting legislation in July 2007, calling it a "first step" and declaring that she remained determined to clean up Alaska politics.

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Governor Sarah Palin publicly challenged then-US Senator Ted Stevens to "come clean" about the federal investigation into his financial dealings.

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Governor Sarah Palin promoted the development of oil and natural-gas resources in Alaska, including drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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In 2006, Governor Sarah Palin obtained a passport and in 2007 traveled for the first time outside North America, on a trip to Kuwait.

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In 2008, Governor Sarah Palin vetoed $286 million, cutting or reducing funding for 350 projects from the FY09 capital budget.

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Governor Sarah Palin followed through on a campaign promise to sell the Westwind II jet, a purchase made by the Murkowski administration for $2.

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Governor Sarah Palin has said that her decreasing support for federal funding was a source of friction between her and the state's congressional delegation; Governor Sarah Palin requested less in federal funding each year than her predecessor Frank Murkowski requested in his last year.

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In 2007, Governor Sarah Palin supported a 2003 Alaska Department of Fish and Game policy allowing the hunting of wolves from the air as part of a predator control program intended to increase moose and caribou populations for subsistence-food gatherers and other hunters.

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In March 2007, Governor Sarah Palin's office announced that a bounty of $150 per wolf would be paid to the 180 volunteer pilots and gunners in five areas of Alaska to offset fuel costs.

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Governor Sarah Palin told the Palins that there was nothing he could do because the matter was closed.

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Chuck Kopp, whom Governor Sarah Palin had appointed to replace Monegan as public safety commissioner, received a $10,000 state severance package after he resigned following just two weeks on the job.

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Legislators stated that Governor Sarah Palin had the legal authority to fire Monegan, but they wanted to know whether her action had been motivated by anger at Monegan for not firing Wooten.

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Governor Sarah Palin placed an aide on paid leave due to a tape-recorded phone conversation that she deemed improper, in which the aide, appearing to act on her behalf, complained to a trooper that Wooten had not been fired.

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On October 10,2008, the Alaska Legislative Council unanimously voted to release, without endorsing, the Branchflower Report, in which investigator Stephen Branchflower found that firing Monegan "was a proper and lawful exercise of her constitutional and statutory authority, " but that Palin abused her power as governor and violated the state's Executive Branch Ethics Act when her office pressured Monegan to fire Wooten.

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On July 3,2009, Governor Sarah Palin announced that she would not run for reelection in the 2010 Alaska gubernatorial election and would resign before the end of the month.

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Governor Sarah Palin said her resignation was influenced by her desire not to be a lame duck.

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Governor Sarah Palin was largely unknown outside Alaska before her selection by McCain.

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On September 1,2008, Governor Sarah Palin announced that her daughter Bristol was pregnant and that she would marry the father, Levi Johnston.

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On September 3,2008, Governor Sarah Palin delivered a 40-minute acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention that was well received and watched by more than 40 million people.

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Polling from CNN, Fox and CBS found that while Governor Sarah Palin exceeded most voters' expectations, they felt that Biden had won the debate.

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Political scientists have debated the impact that Governor Sarah Palin had on the outcome of the 2008 presidential election.

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Governor Sarah Palin was the first guest on commentator Glenn Beck's Fox News television show on January 19,2009, commenting on Barack Obama that he would be her president and that she would assist in any way to bring progress to the nation without abandoning her conservative views.

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Governor Sarah Palin's team believed the attack was executed by Anonymous during Operation Payback.

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Gabrielle Giffords, Palin faced criticism for her SarahPAC website's inclusion of a political graphic that included a crosshair over Giffords's district.

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Governor Sarah Palin said she took the title from the phrase 'gone rogue' used by McCain staffers to describe her behavior when she spoke her mind on the issues during the campaign.

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Governor Sarah Palin traveled to 11 states in a bus, with her family accompanying her, to promote the book.

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Governor Sarah Palin made a number of media appearances as well, including a widely publicized interview on November 16,2009, with Oprah Winfrey.

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On February 6,2010, Governor Sarah Palin was the keynote speaker at the first Tea Party convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Governor Sarah Palin said Obama was weak on the War on Terror for allowing the so-called Christmas bomber to board a plane headed for the United States.

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In 2011, Governor Sarah Palin was the keynote speaker at an annual tax day tea party rally at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, a conservative political advocacy group headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, and a featured speaker at a Tea Party Express rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, at which Governor Sarah Palin urged members of the Tea Party movement to avoid internal bickering with Establishment Republicans.

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In mid-2010, Governor Sarah Palin positioned herself as a champion of conservative Republican women, calling for a "whole stampede of pink elephants" in the 2010 midterm elections.

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Governor Sarah Palin endorsed a number of female Republican candidates in primary elections, including Karen Handel, who unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for governor of Georgia in the 2010 election.

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Governor Sarah Palin spoke at a May 2010 fundraiser for the Susan B Anthony List, an anti-abortion political advocacy group and political action committee that supports pro-life women in politics, in which she coined the term "mama grizzly".

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In November 2010 Governor Sarah Palin confirmed that she was considering running for the Presidency and was "having that discussion with my family".

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Governor Sarah Palin said she realised her level of experience could cause problems with winning the nomination and criticized the "lamestream media" for focusing attention on her personal life.

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In 2011 Governor Sarah Palin said the home she had recently purchased in Scottsdale, Arizona, was not a full-time residence, and denied that she was planning to run for the Arizona Senate seat of the retiring Jon Kyl.

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On October 5,2011, Governor Sarah Palin said she had decided not to seek the Republican nomination for president.

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In October 2014, Palin endorsed the "unity ticket" of Independent Bill Walker and Democrat Byron Mallott in the 2014 Alaska gubernatorial election, which ran against her successor and former lieutenant governor, Sean Parnell.

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Governor Sarah Palin had previously supported a referendum to repeal the tax cuts, which was narrowly defeated in August 2014.

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Governor Sarah Palin's lawsuit was dismissed by the US District Court for the Southern District of New York in August 2017.

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Governor Sarah Palin was one of the three remaining of 50 initial candidates in the 2022 Alaska's at-large congressional district special election.

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Governor Sarah Palin opposed the 2010 health care reform package, saying it would lead to rationing of health care by a bureaucracy, which she described using the term "death panels".

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Governor Sarah Palin has called marijuana use a "minimal issue" and suggested that arresting cannabis users should be a low priority for local police.

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Life Member of the National Rifle Association, Governor Sarah Palin interprets the Second Amendment as including the right to handgun possession and opposes bans on semi-automatic assault weapons.

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Governor Sarah Palin attacked what she called "heavy-handed" environmental laws and cited her 2008 suit, as Alaska's governor, against the federal government to overturn the listing of polar bears as a threatened species.

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Governor Sarah Palin considered environmental regulations as an economic burden to businesses trying to recover from the recession and environmental activists as wanting to "lock up the land".

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Governor Sarah Palin supported the surge strategy in Iraq, the use of additional ground forces in Afghanistan, and, in general, maintaining a strong defensive posture by increasing the defense budget.

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Governor Sarah Palin opposed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action which placed limits on Iran's nuclear program, on the grounds that the treaty was not strict enough.

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Governor Sarah Palin's youngest child, Trig, born 2008, was prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome.

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Governor Sarah Palin has eight grandchildren, three by Bristol, two by Track and three by Willow.

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Todd Governor Sarah Palin worked for oil company BP as an oil-field production operator, retiring in 2009.

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Governor Sarah Palin was "baptized Catholic as a newborn", as her mother, Sally, had been raised Catholic.

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Governor Sarah Palin requested an equal division of debts and assets, and to have joint custody of their son, Trig.

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Governor Sarah Palin said it was because of abuses she witnessed involving other Republican commissioners and their ties to energy companies and energy lobbyists; she claimed to have confronted the industry when she raised taxes on oil companies as governor.

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In turn, others have said that Governor Sarah Palin is a "friend of Big Oil" due to her advocacy for oil exploration and development including for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and for the de-listing of the polar bear as an endangered species.

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Since 2017, Governor Sarah Palin has spoken out in support of Julian Assange and in 2020 she called for him to be pardoned saying “I am the first one to admit when I make a mistake and I admit that I made a mistake some years ago, not supporting Julian Assange, thinking that he was a bad guy, ”.

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Governor Sarah Palin was named one of America's "10 Most Fascinating People of 2008" by Barbara Walters for an ABC special on December 4,2008.

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