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Sarah Palin (1964–) was Alaska's first female governor and also the youngest person ever elected governor in the state. She became a national political figure in 2008 when Republican John McCain chose her to be his vice presidential running mate. Palin's relative lack of national political experience made her choice controversial, and she has remained a divisive political figure. Many political observers thought she might run for president in 2012, but in October 2011, she announced she would not seek that office.

Palin was born in 1964 in Idaho. Her family relocated to Alaska later that year. As a child, she lived in Skagway, Eagle River, and Wasilla. She attended Wasilla High School and was part of the 1982 state of Alaska championship basketball team. Palin ...

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