Robert J. Bentley
|Robert J. Bentley|
|Governor of Alabama|
|January 17, 2011 - Present|
|Years in position||4|
|Predecessor||Bob Riley (R)|
|Base salary||$119,950 (Refused compensation)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 2018|
|Term limits||2 terms|
|Alabama House of Representatives|
|High school||Shelby County High School (1960)|
|Bachelor's||University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa (1964)|
|M.D.||University of Alabama School of Medicine (1968)|
|Service/branch||U.S. Air Force|
|Years of service||1969-1975|
|Date of birth||February 3, 1943|
|Place of birth||Columbiana, Alabama|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 2.1 Governor of Alabama (2011-present)
- 2.2 Alabama House of Representatives (2003-2010)
- 3 On The Issues Vote Match
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Personal
- 7 Recent news
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Referred to as the "unexpected governor," Bentley, a retired dermatologist, has said, "Nobody but the Lord and my oldest granddaughter" expected the win. Bentley came in second to Bradley Byrne in the 2010 Republican gubernatorial primary, but went on to defeat him in the runoff. He won the general election on November 2, 2010, overtaking then-Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries Ron Sparks (D) by 17 points. Two days after he was inaugurated, Bentley stirred up controversy by telling a Baptist church audience that only those who had accepted Jesus Christ as their savior were his brothers and sisters. Bentley apologized for the remarks, saying he would be a "governor of all the people."
During his campaign, Bentley promised not to accept a salary as governor until the state reached full employment, which he defined as 5.2 percent unemployment. As of January 2015, he has not accepted a salary.
Bentley was previously a Republican member of the Alabama House of Representatives, representing the 63rd District, Tuscaloosa County. He was first elected in 2002 and served until 2010 when he chose not to seek re-election but the governorship instead.
An analysis of Republican governors by Nate Silver of the New York Times in April 2013 ranked Bentley as the 16th most conservative governor in the country.
Born and raised in Columbiana, Alabama, Bentley was active in debate during school and served as student body president in high school. He went on to study chemistry and biology at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa before enrolling in The University of Alabama School of Medicine. Bentley completed his residency at Birmingham's Carraway United Methodist Hospital.
In 1969, he joined the United States Air Force and was stationed at Pope AFB near Fayetteville, North Carolina. Upon completion of military service in 1975, Bentley completed a second residency in dermatology before founding his own practice, Alabama Dermatology Associates, in Tuscaloosa.
He is a member of the Academy of Dermatology, American Legion, Family Counseling Advisory Board, Vietnam Veterans of America, Youth for Christ Advisory Board, Alabama State Medical Association, Alabama Wildlife Federation and Deacon/Sunday school teacher at the First Baptist Church.
- The University of Alabama School of Medicine: MD, 1968
- The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa: B.S., 1964
- Shelby County High School, 1960
Governor of Alabama (2011-present)
Response to the 2014 illegal immigration surge
- See also: 2014 illegal immigration surge
On July 22, 2014, the Republican governors of Alabama, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wisconsin sent a letter to President Obama expressing their concerns about the handling of the ongoing border crisis. The crisis was over unaccompanied and undocumented immigrant children illegally crossing into Texas. The governors noted that a failure to return the children “will send a message that will encourage a much larger movement towards our southern border,” endangering more children.
Economic Development and Commerce Committee
In October 2013, Bentley was appointed Chair of the Economic Development and Commerce Committee in the National Governors Association by NGA Chair Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and NGA Vice Chair Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.
Affordable Care Act
As of April 2013, Alabama was one of six states that said they would not help to enforce provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act. In March 2013, Bentley wrote a letter to federal officials saying Washington, not state regulators, should be responsible for making sure policies sold in Alabama comply with the new requirements of the ACA. The governor also rejected other parts of the law, including setting up a state-run health insurance exchange and expanding Medicaid.
Job creation ranking
In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals, which ranked 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation records, Bentley was ranked number 36 (tie). The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Alabama House of Representatives (2003-2010)
Bentley was formerly a member of the following committees:
- Agriculture and Forestry Committee, Alabama House of Representatives
- Education Appropriations Committee, Alabama House of Representatives
- Internal Affairs Committee, Alabama House of Representatives (Vice Chair)
- Subcommittee on Allocations (Ranking Minority Member)
- Subcommittee on Hunting and Fishing (Ranking Minority Member)
- Tuscaloosa County Legislation Committee, Alabama House of Representatives
Bentley did not provide answers to the Alabama State Legislative Election 2006 National Political Awareness Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.
On The Issues Vote Match
- See also: On The Issues Vote Match
On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Bentley is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. Bentley received a score of 32 percent on social issues and 76 percent on economic issues.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|Legally require hiring women & minorities||Opposes||Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right||Strongly Opposes|
|Expand ObamaCare||Strongly Opposes||Comfortable with same-sex marriage||Strongly Opposes|
|Vouchers for school choice||Opposes||Keep God in the public sphere||Strongly Favors|
|Absolute right to gun ownership||Strongly Favors||Human needs over animal rights||Strongly Favors|
|Higher taxes on the wealthy||Opposes||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Strongly Favors|
|Support & expand free trade||Strongly Favors||Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens||Strongly Opposes|
|Stricter limits on political campaign funds||Strongly Opposes||Maintain US sovereignty from UN||Unknown|
|Prioritize green energy||Strongly Opposes||Expand the military||Unknown|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Opposes||Stay out of Iran||Unknown|
|Privatize Social Security||Unknown||Never legalize marijuana||Favors|
|Note: Information last updated: April 19, 2015. If you notice the rating has changed, email us.|
- See also: Alabama Gubernatorial election, 2014
Bentley ran for re-election as governor in 2014. He announced his bid for a second term in April 2013. Bentley overtook two challengers for the Republican nomination in the June 3 primary election.The general election took place November 4, 2014.
|Governor of Alabama Republican Primary, 2014|
|Robert Bentley Incumbent||89.3%||388,247|
|Election Results via Alabama Secretary of State.|
|Governor of Alabama, 2014|
|Republican||Robert Bentley Incumbent||63.6%||750,231|
|Election Results via Alabama Secretary of State.|
Bentley was eligible for re-election to the Alabama House but chose to run for Governor of Alabama instead. He came in second in the primary to Bradley Byrne, forcing a runoff on July 13. Bentley won 56.1 percent of the vote, effectively defeating Byrne. He faced Democrat Ron Sparks in the November 2, 2010 general election, winning by 17 points.
- 2010 general election
|Governor of Alabama, 2010|
|Republican||Robert J. Bentley||57.6%||860,472|
- 2010 Republican Primary Runoff Election
On July 13, 2010, the Associated Press reported that Robert Bentley had defeated Bradley Byrne for the Republican nomination for governor. Turnout was impressive - especially in the context of a single party runoff. Just under half a million Alabamans turned out to have a say in the GOP's nominee.
|Governor of Alabama, Primary Runoff, 2010|
|Robert J. Bentley||56.1%||260,887|
Bentley raised $19,350 for his campaign.
Comprehensive donor information for Bentley is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Bentley raised a total of $8,149,986 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 4, 2013.
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Robert J. Bentley's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Robert J. Bentley's Campaign Contributions|
Governor of Alabama
Alabama House of Representatives District 63
Alabama House of Representatives District 63
|Total Raised by General Election Opponents||$3,326,641 (Dem.)||-||$60,376 (Dem.)|
|Top 5 contributors||Robert Julian & Dianne Bentley||$700,000||Medical Association of the State of Alabama||$2,500||Medical Association of the State of Alabama||$5,000|
|Alabama Republican Party||$438,000||Childrens PAC||$1,500||Penny PAC||$5,000|
|Medical Association of the State of Alabama||$417,382||Alabama Power Co||$1,500||Tuscaloosa Firefighters||$2,500|
|Robert Julian Bentley||$375,000||FGA PAC||$1,000||Green Tree PAC||$2,500|
|T-Town PAC II||$202,895||Cosby Co||$1,000||BellSouth||$2,000|
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- AL.com, "Robert Bentley, the state's unexpected governor, confident as he looks ahead," February 17, 2013
- CNN, "Alabama governor touches off controversy with Christian Commons," January 18, 2011
- Office of the Governor, "Governor Robert Bentley," accessed October 4, 2012
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Bentley
- New York Times, "In State Governments, Signs of a Healthier G.O.P.," April 16, 2013
- Washington Post, "At least 32 governors have weighed in on the border crisis. Here’s what each has said," July 23, 2014
- NGA News Release NGA Chooses New Committee Leadership, E-mail communication to Kristen Mathews October 23, 2013
- Insurance Journal, "Alabama Governor Says State Will Not Enforce Federal Health Law’s Protections," April 8, 2013
- The Business Journals, "Governors and jobs: How governors rank for job creation in their states," June 27, 2013
- The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
- CNN, "Alabama governor votes for Santorum," March 13, 2012
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Bentley Issue Positions
- On The Issues, "Robert Bentley Vote Match," accessed April 19, 2015
- The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
- The Republic, "Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley seeking second term," April 9, 2013
- Alabama Secretary of State, "Canvass of Results, General Election, November 2, 2010," November 22, 2010
- Politico, "2012 Alabama Governor Primary," accessed October 4, 2012
- Alabama Secretary of State, "Official 2006 election results," accessed April 15, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Alabama House spending, 2006," November 4, 2006
- Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Robert Bentley," accessed June 3, 2013
- Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
Bob Riley (R)
|Governor of Alabama
| Succeeded by|
|Alabama House of Representatives District 63
| Succeeded by|
Bill Poole (R)
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