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Sarah Palin’s son ties the knot with high school sweetheart

Laura Donovan Contributor

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s 22-year-old son Track Palin, who isn’t known for having much of a presence in the media, has just gotten married, according to People magazine.

The Army reservist, who spent a year in Iraq, wedded 21-year-old Britta Hanson, his high school sweetheart.

“Our families couldn’t be happier!” the Hanson and Palin families told People in a joint statement. “These are two hard working, humble, active, studious young adults who grew up together. We’re tickled that after two decades of friendship we proudly witnessed their marriage, knowing their new life together will be blessed.”

The publication reports that the newlyweds had their ceremony in Hatcher Pass, Alaska even though they will have a bigger celebration at Alaska’s Alyeska Ski Resort in the winter “when extended family and friends from the Lower 48 can travel north for a long ski weekend,” according to the statement from Sarah and Todd Palin and the Rev. Duane and Elizabeth Hanson.

Track Palin, the eldest son of the former vice presidential candidate, has been in a relationship with Hanson since high school. When Track Palin was deployed overseas in 2008, Sarah Palin joked that her son hadn’t contacted her since his deployment, but that his significant other had heard from him. Track Palin intends to enroll at the University of Alaska, where his new wife is a nursing student, after the commercial fishing season.

This isn’t the first time Hanson has boarded up with a Palin. Last year, Bristol Palin told Harper’s Bazaar that she shared a three-bedroom condo in Anchorage with Hanson. “I was scared to live by myself,” Bristol Palin said, adding that younger sister Willow would often stop by the residence for sleepovers.

According to People, Hanson served as executive secretary to the governor’s office from 2008 to 2011, working under both Palin and current Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell.