Kay Ivey

Kay Ivey
30th Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
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
Camden, Alabama, United States
Political party Republican
Alma mater Auburn University
Religion Baptist

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

Early life, education, and early political career

Ivey was born in Camden, Wilcox County, Alabama on October 15, 1944. She graduated from Auburn University where she was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta.[1] 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.[2] She was Director of Government Affairs and Communications for the Alabama Commission on Higher Education from 1985 until 1998.[3]

State Treasurer

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%.[4] In 2006, Ivey was re-elected over Democrat Steve Segrest by a 60–40% margin.[5] She was the first Republican elected State Treasurer since Reconstruction.[6]

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.[1]

Lieutenant Governor

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]

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 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. Ivey won re-election as Lieutenant Governor, in November 2014.

Electoral history

Alabama Treasurer Republican Primary Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kay Ivey 134,395 45.0
Republican Lisa Wallace 84,223 28.2
Republican Twinkle Andress 80,024 26.8
Alabama Treasurer Republican Primary Runoff Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kay Ivey 93,686 66.90
Republican Lisa Wallace 46,363 33.10
Alabama Treasurer Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kay Ivey 660,873 50.77
Democratic Stephen Foster Black 609,544 46.83
Libertarian Gabe Garland 30,201 2.32
Write-ins Write-ins 1,098 0.08
Alabama Treasurer Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kay Ivey (inc.) 724,861 60.55
Democratic Steve Segrest 471,570 39.39
Write-ins Write-ins 730 0.06
Alabama Lieutenant Governor Republican Primary Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kay Ivey 255,205 56.64
Republican Hank Erwin 141,420 31.39
Republican Gene Ponder 53,965 11.98
Alabama Lieutenant Governor Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kay Ivey 764,112 51.47
Democratic Jim Folsom, Jr. (inc.) 718,636 48.40
Write-ins Write-ins 1,945 0.13
Alabama Lieutenant Governor Republican Primary Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kay Ivey (inc.) 257,588 61.68
Republican Stan Cooke 160,023 38.32
Alabama Lieutenant Governor Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kay Ivey (inc.) 738,090 63.23
Democratic James Fields, Jr. 428,007 36.67
Write-ins Write-ins 1,146 0.10


  1. 1 2 Stein, Kelsey (March 29, 2016). "Who is Kay Ivey? First In Line to Replace Gov. Robert Bentley has 'Varied Career' In Politics, Banking". al.com. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  2. "State Treasurer," The Birmingham News, November 3, 2002, p. 2B
  3. "State Treasurer," The Montgomery Advertiser, November 3, 2002, p. A7
  4. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 16, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  5. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 16, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  6. 1 2 "Alabama Department of Archives and History: Ala. Treasurer Kay Ivey". Archives.state.al.us. 2011-01-18. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  7. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 23, 2011. Retrieved December 27, 2009.
  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. Dean, Charles (March 31, 2010). "Alabama Treasurer Kay Ivey Switches from Governor's to Lieutenant Governor's Race for Republican Primary". al.com. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
Political offices
Preceded by
Lucy Baxley
Treasurer of Alabama
Succeeded by
Young Boozer
Preceded by
Jim Folsom
Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
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