Kay Ivey Biography

Kay Ivey is an American Politician who is the current and 54th governor of Alabama, where she has been serving since 2017. She took over Robert J.Bentley, after his resignation, and became the first female Republican governor and the second female governor of Alabama.

At a milestone of 77 years, Kay Iver is the oldest currently serving governor in the United States. She has held several Political positions since joining the Republicans in 2002, which includes Alabama State Treasurer from 2003 to 2011, and Lieutenant governor of Alabama from 2011 to 2017.

Here is a brief biography of Kay Ellen Ivey who is running for re-election as Governor of Alabama and will be on the ballot in the upcoming general election.

Full NameKay Ellen Ivey
Age77 years old
BirthplaceCamden, Alabama
ReligionChristian: Baptist
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Kay Ivey Early life and Education

Kay Ellen Ivey was born on October 15th, 1944 as the only child of Boardman Nettles and Barbara Elizabeth in the city of Camden, Alabama.

Her father was an Officer in the U.S Army and fought in the Second World War (WW2), and later moved on to work as part of the Farmers Home Administration through the Gee’s Bend community.

Ivey grew up in Camden, working on her father’s farm while schooling until she entered college. She later went on to further her studies at Auburn University, Alabama where she obtained a degree in secondary education.

Her first taste of political position was in college where she was the president of her first-year class, she was also a member of Alpha Gamma Delta and served in the Student Government Association of Auburn University for all her four years in the institution.

In 1967, Ivey married Ben LaRavia, whom she then moved to California with and became a high school teacher for several years. After the unhappy end of her marriage, she decided to move back to Alabama where she started a school relations program to promote financial literacy after landing a position at Merchant National Bank. She has since then married twice but is yet to have a child of her own.

Kay Ivey Political Career

kay ivey political history

Kay Ivey officially started her political career in 1979 when she was appointed by Fob James who was then the governor of Alabama as a member of the state cabinet.

She went on to serve as the reading clerk of Alabama’s House of Representatives from 1980 to 1982, before serving as the Assistant Director of Alabama’s Development Office from 1982 to 1985.

She then went on to further her political prowess by running for State Auditor in 1982 but was unsuccessful as a Democrat. She later became Commissioner of Higher Education in Alabama between 1985 to 1998.

Her political career took a big turn when she joined the Republican party in 2002 from originally being a conservative southern Democrat.  She ran again for state Treasurer in 2003 where she defeated former U.S Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black’s grandson Stephen Black by a 52-48% margin.

She was later reelected and became the Republican-elected Treasurer since the American reconstruction. In 2009, Ivey announced her interest in running for the Republican candidate in the upcoming 2010 gubernatorial election.

In March 2010, she announced she was stepping back from the role and instead qualified to run for lieutenant governor. She later won the primaries with 56.6% of the votes, and in November of the same year defeated Jim Folsom Jr in a republican sweep of statewide offices.

In 2014 she ran again first winning the primaries over Pastor Stan Cooke, and then went on to face James C Field of the Democratic party and won and became the first reelected Republican Lieutenant governor.

On April 10, 2017, Ivey became the second female governor in the state’s history after being sworn in as the governor of Alabama following the resignation of Robert J Bentley. Since then she has been the governor of Alabama, making significant changes in the state, one of the notable being the passing of the “Judicial Override bill”.

Alabama was the only state that allowed a judge to sentence a defendant even after the jury has ordered a sentence to life without parole. She over rolled this and passed a bill that barred judges from doing so again.

On the 6th of April 2018, Kay Ivey passed a bill that exempted economic development professionals from registering as lobbyists under the ethics law in Alabama. She has also passed many other bills into act in the state since her inception as governor including LGTBQ rights, abortion rights, firearm policy, and many others.

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