We are all familiar with Kay’s accomplishments in public service.
She was elected to the office of Lieutenant Governor in the 2010, beating well known former Governor Democrat Jim Folsom in a close election. In doing so, she became the second woman and the first Republican woman in Alabama history, to be elected to the post of Lieutenant Governor.
Her public service also includes being appointed by three governors to various positions in state government, including Assistant Director of the Department of Commerce, formerly known as the Alabama Development Office.
In 2002, Kay became the first Republican elected State Treasurer since Reconstruction and was re-elected in 2006. As Treasurer, Kay Ivey proved her commitment to taxpayers by making the office more open, transparent, and efficient.
Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey is committed to job creation and preparing students for the 21st century workforce. This commitment has resulted in her service as Chairman of the Job Creation and Military Stability Commission, Vice Chairman of the Aerospace States Association and acting as an advocate for the Real World Design Challenge, in Alabama.
A Camden, Alabama, native and a 1967 graduate of Auburn University, she is a member of the First Baptist Church of Montgomery, the Montgomery Rotary Club, the Board of Directors of the Montgomery YMCA, and the Tukabatchee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Lt. Governor Kay Ivey is also honored to be the first Alabama Girls State alumnus elected to an Alabama Constitutional Office.
She has worked as a high school teacher and a bank officer, Reading Clerk for the Alabama House of Representatives and as Assistant Director of the Alabama Development Office. She was Director of Government Affairs and Communications for the Alabama Commission on Higher Education from 1985 until 1998.
What you might not know about Kay, though, is her commitment to rural education and the timber industry. She serves as the spokeswoman for the Alabama Forestry Association’s Black Belt Initiative and has been honored by the Association with its prestigious Distinguished Member award (given only three times in the Association’s 65 year history).
She also leads Governor Bentley’s commission focused on streamlining state government and serves on the advisory committee that decides eligible road and bridge projects for the $1 billion Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (ATRIP).
Through her leadership, as presiding officer of the Senate, the Alabama Legislature has identified and enacted measures that will result in over $1 billion in annual savings for the state, passed four consecutive budgets that were not prorated and accomplished all this with an office staff budget that is 32% less than her predecessor’s.
Please go to the polls next Tuesday and make sure capable leaders like Kay Ivey return to office.