Sarah started her political career on the local level, as a small town sports mom and school volunteer. From there, she served on several state boards and commissions, served two terms on the Wasilla City Council, and two terms as the mayor/manager of Wasilla.
Her accomplishments as Mayor include reducing property tax levels while increasing services, and attracting new businesses into Wasilla. Sarah has chaired the Alaska Conservation Commission, which regulates Alaska's valuable oil and gas resources; the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission; the National Governors Association (NGA) Natural Resources Committee; and was elected by her peers to serve as president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors.
On December 4, 2006, Governor Sarah Palin took office as Alaska's first female and youngest (42) to hold that title. What she's already done:
- invested more than $5 billion in state savings
- increased education funding
- implemented the Senior Benefits Program to support low-income older Alaskans
- created agencies for oversight of oil and gas interests, as well as to prepare a climate change strategy for Alaska, and to improve communities in Alaska's outlying regions
- passed legislation for community revenue sharing, an omnibus crime package, aviation safety, the reduction of business license fees, and an overhaul of the state’s ethics laws
- established a renewable energy fund, making rebates available for home weatherization and increasing the availability of bulk fuel loans to small communities and utilities
- initiated construction of a natural gas pipeline from Prudhoe Bay on Alaska’s North Slope to the Alberta Hub in Canada
- championed reform of Alaska’s new profits-based tax on oil production, which captured billions in state revenue at record high oil prices
And Sarah's just gettin' started! What she did for an ungrateful Alaska, she can do for the rest of us!
Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. -- Proverbs 31:31