Sarah Palin (pronounced PAY-lin) took office as Alaska's first female governor Dec. 4, 2006. She is 44 years old and is a mother of five kids. Her youngest child, born in April, has Down Syndrome.
In April, The Anchorage Daily News reported:
Trig Paxson Van Palin arrived about a month early and has Down syndrome, the governor confirmed. Testing during early pregnancy revealed the condition. Palin said she was sad at first but they now feel blessed that God chose them. The couple has lots of family support, she said.
The governor has roots in local government, serving two terms on the Wasilla City Council and two terms as the mayor/manager of tiny Wasilla, Alaska. Wasilla is a town of 6,700 people whose average family income is $53,000.
Palin says she is a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association and her official bio shows her holding on to a caribou she apparently hunted. That sort of photo plays well in Alaska where her approval ratings hang in the 80%-90% range.
See this story on the ride of Sarah Palin from KTUU TV in Anchorage.
Just a week or so ago, Alaskans got a cash gift from the governor and the legislature. Look at this release from her office:...More