Sarah Palin first made history on December 4, 2006, when she was sworn in as the first female Governor of Alaska. In August 2008, Senator John McCain tapped Palin to serve as his vice-presidential running mate in his presidential campaign, making her the first woman to run on the Republican Party’s presidential ticket.

During Governor Palin’s first year in office, three of her administration’s major proposed pieces of legislation passed—an overhaul of the state’s ethics laws, a competitive process to construct a natural gas pipeline and a restructuring of Alaska’s oil valuation formula. Palin is past chair of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, a multistate government agency that promotes the conservation and efficient recovery of domestic oil and natural gas resources while protecting health, safety and the environment. She also served as chair of the National Governors Association (NGA) Natural Resources Committee, which pursues legislation to ensure state needs are considered as federal policy is formulated in the areas of agriculture, energy, environmental protection and natural resource management.

Palin is a contributor for FOX News where she offers her political commentary and analysis across all FOX News platforms, including FOX Business Channel, and FOX News Radio. She also participates in special event political programming for FOX Broadcasting. She is the author of The New York Times best-selling books Going Rogue: An American Life (November 2009) and America by Heart (November 2010). She was also named to TIME magazine’s 2010 “100 Most Influential People” list and to Forbes magazine’s 2011 “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” list. She was the host of Sarah Palin’s Alaska on TLC.

Palin received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications-Journalism from the University of Idaho. She is married to Todd Palin and has five children. Follow her on Twitter @SarahPalinUSA.