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Alabama Governor Kay Ivey taking the oath of office (REUTERS/Marvin).
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey taking the oath of office (REUTERS/Marvin).

Taking over

Alabama gets its 2nd woman governor after sitting governor resigns amid sex scandal, arrest

By WITW Staff on April 11, 2017

On Monday, Kay Ivey officially replaced Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to become the second female governor in the state’s history. Back in 1967 to 1968, Lurleen Wallace, the wife of Alabama Governor George Wallace served a short stint as the state’s chief executive.

Ivey’s ascension to the post has been a rocky one and comes as the conclusion to a highly-publicized sex scandal in which Bentley was accused of using campaign contributions and state resources, including law enforcement, to conceal an affair with a political advisor.

Bentley, the third Alabama state official to be forced from a job this year amid ethics charges, resigned after pleading guilty to the charges of abusing his office. He officially resigned on Monday after being arrested and Ivey — currently the acting President of the Alabama Senate and first in line to succession as Lieutenant Governor — was sworn in later in the day.

Ivey, who has a long history in Alabama politics and is no stranger to breaking down barriers — she was the first Republican woman to be elected as the state’s lieutenant governor — actually ran for the state’s top job in 2010, and after bowing out of the governor’s race, ran for lieutenant governor. In 2014, following her re-election as lieutenant governor, Ivey became the first incumbent Republican woman to be re-elected at for consecutive terms as the state’s second highest-ranking official.

Having spent nearly a full year consumed with the Bentley scandal and the fallout, all eyes are on Ivey as she sets out to restoring order to the Alabama state government.

Read the full story at WSFA and The New York Times.


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