Kay Ivey

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Kay Ivey
File:Kay Ivey.jpg
54th Governor of Alabama
Assumed office
April 10, 2017
Preceded by Robert J. Bentley
30th Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
In office
January 17, 2011 – April 10, 2017
Preceded by Jim Folsom
Succeeded by Vacant
38th Treasurer of Alabama
In office
January 20, 2003 – January 17, 2011
Preceded by Lucy Baxley
Succeeded by Young Boozer
Personal details
Born (1944-10-15) October 15, 1944 (age 74)
Camden, Alabama, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Auburn University
Religion Baptist

Kay Ellen Ivey (born October 15, 1944) is an American Republican politician who is the 54th and current Governor of Alabama, serving since April 10, 2017.[1] She previously served as Lieutenant Governor from January 2011 until Gov. Bentley's resignation.[2] Before that, Ivey served as the 38th Alabama State Treasurer.

Early life, education, and early political career

Ivey was born in Camden, Wilcox County, Alabama on October 15, 1944. She graduated from Auburn University. She has worked as a high school teacher, a bank officer and as Assistant Director of the Alabama Development Office. In 1982, Ivey had run unsuccessfully for State Auditor as a Democrat.[3] She was Director of Government Affairs and Communications for the Alabama Commission on Higher Education from 1985 until 1998.[4]

State Treasurer

Ivey took office as State Treasurer in 2003, after defeating Stephen Black, the grandson of former United States Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, in the 2002 general election, by a margin of 52–48%.[5] In 2006, Ivey was re-elected over Democrat Steve Segrest by a 60–40% margin.[6] She was the first Republican elected State Treasurer since Reconstruction.[7]

As Treasurer, Ivey put the sources of state’s billions of dollars in tax revenue, as well as the state's total expenditures, online for public view. She updated the office's technology, trimmed the payroll and adopted private-sector management techniques. As a result, Treasurer Ivey saved the taxpayer nearly five million dollars in administrative costs during her term.[8]

As Treasurer, Ivey also oversaw the near complete financial collapse of the Prepaid Affordable College Tuition (PACT) program. Under this program tens of thousands of Alabaman families were assured by the State that their investment in the program would guarantee their children 4 years of tuition at any state college.

Lieutenant Governor

Under the Alabama Constitution, Ivey was not eligible to seek re-election to a third term in 2010.[9] Ivey's name surfaced in press speculation about gubernatorial candidates in 2010.[10][11]

There was a movement started to draft Treasurer Ivey to run for Governor of Alabama in 2010. On June 24, 2009, Ivey announced her candidacy for governor at a series of events in Montgomery, Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile, Alabama.

However, on March 31, 2010, Ivey abandoned her run for governor and qualified to run for lieutenant governor.[12] On June 1, 2010, Ivey won the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor over State Senator Hank Erwin, Jr. and Daphne schoolteacher Gene Ponder.

On November 2, 2010, in a Republican sweep of statewide offices, Ivey defeated Democratic incumbent Lieutenant Governor Jim Folsom, Jr., who was seeking an unprecedented fourth term.

Governor of Alabama

Ivey was sworn in as Governor of Alabama following the resignation of Robert Bentley on April 10, 2017. She is the second female governor in the state's history. The first was Lurleen Wallace, the wife of George Wallace; she was governor for about 16 months in 1967 and 1968, until her death from cancer.[13]

References

  1. Kay Ivey Sworn in as Governor, Office of the Governor of Alabama, April 10, 2017<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Rousselle, Christine (April 10, 2017), "Alabama's Governor Has Resigned", Townhall.com<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "State Treasurer," The Birmingham News, November 3, 2002, p. 2B
  4. "State Treasurer," The Montgomery Advertiser, November 3, 2002, p. A7
  5. Certification of General Election Results, 2002
  6. Certification of General Election Results, 2006
  7. http://www.archives.state.al.us/conoff/ivey.html
  8. http://www.archives.state.al.us/conoff/ivey.html
  9. Ala. Const., Amend. 282
  10. "Hubbard Keeping Options Open for 2010," Opelika-Auburn News, January 18, 2008
  11. "Democrats Can’t Start a Fire Without a Sparks," Roll Call, May 15, 2007
  12. http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2010/03/post_529.html
  13. "Kay Ivey sworn in as Alabama's 54th Governor". WHNT-TV. Huntsville, Alabama. April 10, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lucy Baxley
Treasurer of Alabama
2003–2011
Succeeded by
Young Boozer
Preceded by
Jim Folsom
Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
2011–2017
Vacant
Preceded by
Robert J. Bentley
Governor of Alabama
2017–present
Incumbent