|54th Governor of Alabama|
April 10, 2017
|Preceded by||Robert J. Bentley|
|30th Lieutenant Governor of Alabama|
January 17, 2011 – April 10, 2017
|Preceded by||Jim Folsom|
|38th Treasurer of Alabama|
January 20, 2003 – January 17, 2011
|Preceded by||Lucy Baxley|
|Succeeded by||Young Boozer|
October 15, 1944 |
Camden, Alabama, U.S.
|Alma mater||Auburn University|
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. She previously served as Lieutenant Governor from January 2011 until Gov. Bentley's resignation. 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. She was Director of Government Affairs and Communications for the Alabama Commission on Higher Education from 1985 until 1998.
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%. In 2006, Ivey was re-elected over Democrat Steve Segrest by a 60–40% margin. She was the first Republican elected State Treasurer since Reconstruction.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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- "State Treasurer," The Birmingham News, November 3, 2002, p. 2B
- "State Treasurer," The Montgomery Advertiser, November 3, 2002, p. A7
- Certification of General Election Results, 2002
- Certification of General Election Results, 2006
- Ala. Const., Amend. 282
- "Hubbard Keeping Options Open for 2010," Opelika-Auburn News, January 18, 2008
- "Democrats Can’t Start a Fire Without a Sparks," Roll Call, May 15, 2007
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- Alabama Governor official government site
- Kay Ivey for Lt. Governor official campaign site
- Draft Kay Ivey for Alabama Governor
- Biography at the Alabama Department of Archives and History
|Treasurer of Alabama
|Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
Robert J. Bentley
|Governor of Alabama