SARAH Palin gained international renown for her Republican fervor and her controversial views as well as her offspring.
Get to know who Palin is and what has she been up to since she went for the vice presidency.
Who is Sarah Palin?
Sarah Palin is a high-profile Republican Party politician, author and commentator.
The outspoken 57-year-old served as the ninth governor of Alaska from 2006 until 2009.
She gained international prominence as the vice-presidential nominee on the Republican Party ticket in 2008.
The conservative politician teamed up with Arizona Senator John McCain but eventually lost to Barack Obama.
She was the first Alaskan on the national ticket of a major political party and the first Republican woman selected as the vice presidential candidate.
The mother-of-five was also the youngest person ever to be elected Governor of Alaska.
Since quitting the role in 2009, Palin has continued to campaign for and endorse the Republican Party.
She is well-known in the Tea Party movement and has given her backing to a number of Republican candidates including former President Donald Trump.
What is Sarah Palin’s political timeline?
1982: Joined the Republican Party
1992: Elected onto Wasilla City Council
1996: Successfully ran as Mayor of Wasilla on the ticket of introducing abortion, gun rights and term lengths as campaign issues
1997: Re-elected with a far greater majority
1999: Elected president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors
2002: Palin run for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor, coming second in a five-way primary
2003: Appointed to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
2006: Palin became Alaska’s first female governor and the youngest at 42
2007: The first time Palin travelled outside of North America. She visited members of the Alaskan National Guard
2008: Joined Senator McCain as the Republican vice-presidential nominee
2009: Reacting to a huge drop in support, Palin said she would not run for re-election
2009: Released her memoir, Going Rogue
2010: Published her second book, America by Heart
2011: Following speculation, Palin said she would not be running as a presidential candidate
2016: Announced her endorsement of Donald Trump
2017: Filed a defamation lawsuit (later dismissed) against The New York Times for an editorial that accused Palin of “political incitement” in the run-up to the 2011 shooting of Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
April 2018: Palin says she would run for higher office again “in a heartbeat”
August 2021: Palin teases a return to politics in potential Senate run in 2022
How many children does she have?
Sarah Palin has five children: Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper, and Trig.
Track is an army veteran and has two children from two different partners. Sarah Palin spoke about how he had suffered from PTSD.
Bristol Palin is a reality TV star and an American public speaker. She has three children and is married to Sergeant Dakota Meyer.
She gained media attention when her mother, Sarah Palin, mentioned her pregnancy as part of her vice presidential campaign.
The following year, in May 2009, Palin appeared on both the Today show and Good Morning America in recognition of the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, calling for all teens to abstain from sex.
Her memoir, Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far reached #21 on the New York Times best-seller list.
Willow Meyer is a trained hairdresser and announced she is pregnant with a baby boy on November 7, 2021.
Willow and her husband Ricky Bailey welcomed twin girls Banks and Blaise in November 2019.
Piper is currently pursing nursing school and Trig is in high school.
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