Sarah Palin (1964– ) is the former Alaska governor who ran as the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2008. Palin served on the city council of Wasilla, Alaska, and then as its mayor. In 2006, she successfully ran for governor of the state. Palin became a nationally known figure when she was selected as Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 election. McCain and Palin lost the election, and Palin resigned as governor of Alaska in 2009. She remains in the public eye as a supporter of the Tea Party, political commentator, and reality television figure.

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