Sarah Palin is a television commentator and a prominent member of the Republican Party. She was Governor of Alaska from 2006 to 2009, gaining national attention in 2008, when John McCain chose her as the Republican candidate for Vice President. Palin was the 11th governor of Alaska and the first woman to hold the office. McCain picked Sarah Palin as his running mate on August 29, 2008. Sarah Palin is pro-life, against big government and is big on family values. But, especially after then-17-year-old daughter Bristol announced her pregnancy, websites sprung up criticizing Sarah Palin. In 2010, she associated herself with the Tea Party movement.