Sarah Palin's political career
December 2006: Sarah Palin, a former mayor of Wasilla City, Alaska, becomes governor of Alaska after defeating an incumbent governor of her own party in the primary and then beating a former governor in the general election.
August 2008: Sen. John McCain picks Palin as his vice presidential nominee, making her the first woman named to a spot on a Republican national ticket.
September 2008: The pregnancy of Palin's then 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, makes news as the governor prepares to accept her nomination at the Republican National Convention.
October 2008: Palin is investigated for the firing of a public safety commissioner who said he felt pressure from the governor, her husband and her staff to fire a state trooper who had gone through a divorce from Palin's sister. The Alaska Legislature finds Palin abused her power in office, but a report by the Alaska Personnel Board on the eve of the election clears Palin of wrongdoing in Troopergate.
November 2008: McCain and Palin lose the 2008 presidential race.