Robert J. Bentley

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Robert J. Bentley
Bentley campaign photo (2009)
53rd Governor of Alabama
In office
January 17, 2011 – April 10, 2017
LieutenantKay Ivey
Preceded byBob Riley
Succeeded byKay Ivey
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives
from the 63rd district
In office
Preceded byTim Parker
Succeeded byBill Poole
Personal details
Robert Julian Bentley

(1943-02-03) February 3, 1943 (age 80)[1]
Columbiana, Alabama, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Dianne Bentley
ResidenceTuscaloosa, Alabama (personal)
Alma materUniversity of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
University of Alabama, Birmingham
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Air Force
Years of service1969–1975

Robert Julian Bentley (born February 3, 1943) is an American politician and medical doctor. Bentley is the 53rd Governor of Alabama serving from 2011 through 2017.[1][2] A member of the Republican Party, Bentley was elected Governor in 2010 and was sworn in on January 17, 2011. He resigned on April 10, 2017.

Resignation[change | change source]

On April 5, 2016, Republican State Representative Ed Henry filed an impeachment resolution against Bentley in the State Legislature, in connection with allegations that Bentley engaged in an extramarital affair with a female political adviser.[3] Bentley has admitted to making inappropriate remarks toward the woman, but denied having a physical affair.

On July 7, 2016, the House Judiciary Committee named a special counsel to lead the investigation into the impeachment charges against the governor.[4] On April 5, 2017, the Ethics Commission found probable cause that Bentley violated both ethics and campaign finance laws.[5]

Bentley resigned on April 10, 2017.[6][7]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Michael Tomberlin (May 17, 2010). "Campaign 2010: Robert Bentley criss-crosses Alabama, focuses on meeting voters in bid to win governor's office". The Birmingham News. Retrieved April 30, 2011.
  2. staff (January 17, 2011). "Prepared text of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's inauguration speech". Retrieved April 30, 2011.
  3. "Alabama lawmaker moves forward with plan to impeach governor". The Washington Times. April 5, 2016. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  4. "Lawyers hired for both sides in Bentley impeachment investigation".
  5. Cason, Mike (April 5, 2017). "Ethics Commission finds probable cause against Gov. Robert Bentley". Retrieved April 6, 2017.
  6. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley resigns, CNN (April 10, 2017).
  7. Amber Phillips, Alabama governor resigns, pleads guilty to charges tied to allegations he tried to cover up affair with a top aide, Washington Post (April 10, 2017).

Other websites[change | change source]

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