(CNN) – Sarah Palin's ascension to the No.2 spot on the Republican presidential ticket is the first time an Alaskan has appeared on a major party ticket for president.
But she is not the first woman to appear on a major ticket - In 1984 Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale chose then-U.S. Rep. Geraldine Ferraro as the Democratic VP nominee in 1984.
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The last major party VP nominee with less than two years of experience in statewide or federal office was Spiro Agnew in 1968. Agnew had been elected as Maryland's governor in 1966 and inaugurated on Jan. 25, 1967; Richard Nixon chose him to be his running mate in August, 1968. Agnew's previous experience had been at the county level. Palin was elected Alaska's governor in 2006 and was inaugurated on Dec. 4, 2006. Palin's previous experience has been at the city level.
Agnew is also the last sitting governor to be chosen as a major party's VP nominee.