A timeline of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's life and career:
Feb. 11, 1964 - Born in Sandpoint, Idaho.
1982 - Graduated from Wasilla High School in Wasilla, Alaska.
1987 - Graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Idaho.
August 29, 1988 - Married Todd Palin, whom she would have five children with.
1992-1996 - Entered public life, serving two terms on the Wasilla City Council.
1996-2002 - Elected mayor of Wasilla City, Alaska, for two terms until term limits forced her from office.
2002 - Lost her first statewide campaign for the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor.
2002 - Frank Murkowski left the Senate to become governor and named Palin chairwoman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
2003 - Split with the party leaders by battling Randy Ruedrich, the head of Alaska's Republican Party.
2006 - Upset then-Gov. Murkowski in the Republican primary, then defeated former two-term Gov. Tony Knowles, a Democrat, in the general election.
2007 - Pressured lawmakers to get the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act passed, to build a natural gas pipeline to deliver 35 trillion cubic feet of North Slope natural gas to market.
Aug. 29, 2008 - Chosen as Sen. John McCain's vice-presidential running mate in the 2008 election.