Kay Ivey

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Kay Ellen Ivey (born October 15, 1944 in Camden, Wilcox County) is the Governor of Alabama, having been sworn in on April 10, 2017 to fill the unexpired term of Robert Bentley after he resigned from office and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges relating to campaign finance violations.

Ivey was inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor in 2017.

On November 6, 2018, she was elected to a full term as governor, defeating Democrat Walt Maddox with 59.6% of the vote.

During the COVID pandemic Ivey has been criticized from all sides for being too slow or too fast to order or remove public health mandates.

On April 8, 2022 Ivey signed two controversial bills which criminalized gender-affirming medical care for minors and from discussing sexual orientation or gender identity in K-5 classrooms. In a statement to reporters, Ivey stated that, "If the good Lord makes you a boy when you are born, you are a boy. If the good Lord makes you a girl when you’re born, you’re a girl. We need to spend our energy and focus helping these young people become healthy and productive people as adults as God would have them be."

During the 2022 Republican primary, Ivey faced six challengers. She echoed the political stances of former President Donald Trump, including unfounded speculation about the 2020 presidential election.

At the start of her second term, Ivey pledged that her focus would be on improving education in the state, beginning with the creation of an Alabama Commission on Teaching and Learning.

Preceded by:
Bob Riley
Alabama State Treasurer
January 20, 2003 – January 17, 2011
Succeeded by:
Young Boozer
Preceded by:
Jim Folsom Jr
Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
January 17, 2011 – April 10, 2017
Succeeded by:
Will Ainsworth
Preceded by:
Robert Bentley
Governor of Alabama
April 10, 2017-
Succeeded by:


  • Cason, Mike (April 10, 2017) "Kay Ivey sworn in as Alabama's 54th governor." The Birmingham News
  • Sharp, John (April 12, 2022) "Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey: State ‘is here to do business, not politics’ over LGBTQ restrictions." The Birmingham News
  • Cason, Mike (January 16, 2023) "Kay Ivey says education will be ‘No. 1 focus’ of her 2nd term as Alabama governor." AL.com