Kay Ivey

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Kay Ivey
54th Governor of Alabama
Assumed office
April 10, 2017
Will Ainsworth (since 2019)
Preceded byRobert J. Bentley
30th Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
In office
January 17, 2011 – April 10, 2017
GovernorRobert Bentley
Preceded byJim Folsom
Succeeded byVacant
38th Treasurer of Alabama
In office
January 20, 2003 – January 17, 2011
GovernorBob Riley
Preceded byLucy Baxley
Succeeded byYoung Boozer
Personal details
Born (1944-10-15) October 15, 1944 (age 78)
Camden, Alabama, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Other political
Democratic (Formerly)
ResidenceGovernor's Mansion
EducationAuburn University (BA)

Kay Ellen Ivey (born October 15, 1944) is an American politician. She is the 54th and current Governor of Alabama. She is a member of the Republican Party.

Ivey served as the 38th Alabama State Treasurer from 2003 to 2011. She then became the 30th Lieutenant Governor of Alabama, serving from January 2011 until Robert J. Bentley's resignation on April 10, 2017 in the aftermath of a sex scandal.[1] She beat Walter Maddox in the 2018 Alabama gubernatorial election to complete her full term. Ivey is the first woman to be Alabama's governor since Lurleen Wallace, who succeeded her husband George Wallace in 1967.

Ivey was born an only child to Boadman Nettles Ivey and Barbara Ivey.[2] The family had been in Alabama for many generations, as her ancestor Ann Johnson Nettles Riley was one of several slave owning Nettles in the state.[3][4]

In September 2019, Ivey was diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer.[5] She was cancer-free in January 2020.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Kay Ivey sworn in as Alabama's 54th Governor". WHNT-TV. Huntsville, Alabama. 2017-04-10.
  2. Walburn, Jackie Romine (2017-04-22). "Extra proud: Wishing Mr. Nettles and Miss Barbara of Wilcox County could see their girl now". Jackie R. Walburn, writer, communications. Retrieved 2020-11-13.
  3. "Ann Nettles in the 1850 U.S. Federal Census - Slave Schedules". Ancestry Library. 1850. Name: Ann Nettles; Residence Date: 1850; Residence Place: Monroe, Alabama, USA; Number of Enslaved People: 33
  4. "Ann Johnson Riley (1818-1861)". Find A Grave... Retrieved 2020-11-13.
  5. Cason, Mike (September 19, 2019). "Gov. Kay Ivey announces she has lung cancer".
  6. "Doctor: Scans show Alabama governor cancer-free". ABC News. January 8, 2020. Retrieved April 16, 2020.

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