Sarah Palin (AK-ATL)

Sarah Palin first made history as the first female and youngest 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..

Prior to her election as Governor, Palin served two terms on the Wasilla City Council and two terms as the mayor of Wasilla. During her tenure, she helped reduced property tax levels while increasing services and business-friendly policies that made Wasilla the fastest growing city in Alaska. She was elected President of Alaska’s Conference of Mayors.