Kay Ivey

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Kay Ivey
Kay Ivey.jpg
30th Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 17, 2011
Governor Robert Bentley
Preceded by Jim Folsom
38th Treasurer of Alabama
In office
January 20, 2003 – January 17, 2011
Governor Bob Riley
Preceded by Lucy Baxley
Succeeded by Young Boozer
Personal details
Born (1944-10-15) October 15, 1944 (age 70)
Camden, Alabama, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Auburn University
Religion Baptist

Kay Ellen Ivey (born October 15, 1944) is a Republican politician and formerly served as the 38th Alabama State Treasurer. Ivey is the 30th and current Lieutenant Governor of Alabama, since January 2011.

Early life, education, and early political career[edit]

Ivey was born in Camden, Wilcox County, Alabama in 1944. She graduated from Auburn University. She has worked as a high school teacher, a bank officer and as Assistant Director of the Alabama Development Office. In 1982, Ivey had run unsuccessfully for State Auditor as a Democrat.[1] She was Director of Government Affairs and Communications for the Alabama Commission on Higher Education from 1985 until 1998.[2]

State Treasurer[edit]

Ivey took office as State Treasurer in 2003, after defeating Stephen Black, the grandson of former United States Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, in the 2002 general election, by a margin of 52–48%.[3] In 2006, Ivey was re-elected over Democrat Steve Segrest by a 60–40% margin.[4] She was the first Republican elected State Treasurer since Reconstruction.[5]

As Treasurer, Ivey put the sources of state’s billions of dollars in tax revenue, as well as the state's total expenditures, online for public view. She updated the office's technology, trimmed the payroll and adopted private-sector management techniques. As a result, Treasurer Ivey saved the taxpayer nearly five million dollars in administrative costs during her term.[6]

As Treasurer, Ivey also oversaw the near complete financial collapse of the Prepaid Affordable College Tuition (PACT) program. Under this program tens of thousands of Alabaman families were assured by the State that their investment in the program would guarantee their children 4 years of tuition at any state college.

Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Under the Alabama Constitution, Ivey was not eligible to seek re-election to a third term in 2010.[7] Ivey's name surfaced in press speculation about gubernatorial candidates in 2010.[8][9]

There was a movement started to draft Treasurer Ivey to run for Governor of Alabama in 2010. On June 24, 2009, Ivey announced her candidacy for governor at a series of events in Montgomery, Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile, Alabama.

However, on March 31, 2010, Ivey abandoned her run for governor and qualified to run for lieutenant governor.[10] On June 1, 2010, Ivey won the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor over State Senator Hank Erwin, Jr. and Daphne schoolteacher Gene Ponder.

On November 2, 2010, in a Republican sweep of statewide offices, Ivey defeated Democratic incumbent Lieutenant Governor Jim Folsom, Jr., who was seeking an unprecedented fourth term.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State Treasurer," The Birmingham News, November 3, 2002, p. 2B
  2. ^ "State Treasurer," The Montgomery Advertiser, November 3, 2002, p. A7
  3. ^ Certification of General Election Results, 2002
  4. ^ Certification of General Election Results, 2006
  5. ^ http://www.archives.state.al.us/conoff/ivey.html
  6. ^ http://www.archives.state.al.us/conoff/ivey.html
  7. ^ Ala. Const., Amend. 282
  8. ^ "Hubbard Keeping Options Open for 2010," Opelika-Auburn News, January 18, 2008
  9. ^ "Democrats Can’t Start a Fire Without a Sparks," Roll Call, May 15, 2007
  10. ^ http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2010/03/post_529.html

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lucy Baxley
Treasurer of Alabama
2003–2011
Succeeded by
Young Boozer
Preceded by
Jim Folsom
Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
2011–present
Incumbent