Republican John McCain shook up the presidential race with his surprise choice of little-known Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.
Palin, a self-described "hockey mom," is a conservative first-term governor of Alaska with strong anti-abortion views, a record of reform and fiscal conservatism and an outsider's perspective on Washington.
Image Source: AP
Sarah Heath during her days as Miss Wasilla, 1984
Governor Palin is greeted by the Vikings and the Valkyries during the 2007 annual Norwegian Festival in Petersburg, Alaska.
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin tested out the Engagement Skills Trainer at Camp Buehring, during a July 2007 visit in Kuwait.
Source: Pfc. Christopher Grammer, 50th Public Affairs Detachment
Gov. Sarah Palin accompanied 1st Lt. John Lombrano on a tour of facilities on a military base. Lombrano is commander of Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 297th Infantry, Alaska Army National Guard.
Source: Official Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mac Metcalfe, Alaska Army National Guard
Sarah Palin, as candidate for Alaska Governor, waves to supporters.
Back in February 2008, Palin graced the cover of Alaska Magazine and was named "America's Hottest Governor".
Source: Alaska Magazine
Sarah Palin shown signing the Alaska state budget bill in June 2007.
Palin agrees to be the GOP vice presidential candidate in a rally with McCain.