Governor of Alabama
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$1,522,187|
|Term limits:||2 terms|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Constitution of Alabama, Article V, Section 113|
|Name:||Robert J. Bentley|
|Assumed office:||January 17, 2011|
|Compensation:||$119,950 (Accepted $0)|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Last election:||November 2, 2010|
|Other Alabama Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Superintendent of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Commissioner • Labor Commissioner • Public Service Commission|
- 1 Current officeholder
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Elections
- 5 Vacancies
- 6 Duties
- 7 Divisions
- 8 State budget
- 9 Compensation
- 10 Historical officeholders
- 11 Recent news
- 12 Contact Information
- 13 History
- 14 See also
- 15 External links
- 16 References
As of January 2015, Alabama is one of 23 Republican state government trifectas.
Before becoming governor, Bentley served in the Alabama House of Representatives and as a founding partner and president of Alabama Dermatological Associates. He also served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War from 1969 to 1971. Bentley earned a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Alabama and an M.D. from the Medical College of Alabama. His wife, Dianne Bentley, is the First Lady of Alabama.
The supreme executive power of this state shall be vested in a chief magistrate, who shall be styled "The Governor of the State of Alabama.
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
The governor, lieutenant governor, attorney-general, state auditor, secretary of state, state treasurer, superintendent of education, commissioner of agriculture and industries, elected after the ratification of this Constitution, shall hold their respective offices for the term of four years from the first Monday after the second Tuesday in January next succeeding their election, and until their successors shall be elected and qualified.
The governor and lieutenant governor shall each be at least thirty years of age when elected, and shall have been citizens of the United States ten years and resident citizens of this state at least seven years next before the date of their election.
Per Section 114 of the state constitution, Alabama elects its governors during federal midterm election years (e.g. 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018). Section 116 sets the governor's inauguration for the first Monday after the second Tuesday in the January following an election. Thus, January 17, 2011 and January 19, 2015 are inaugural days.
|The governor, lieutenant governor, attorney-general, state auditor, secretary of state, state treasurer, superintendent of education, and commissioner of agriculture and industries shall be elected by the qualified electors of the state at the same time and places appointed for the election of members of the legislature in the year nineteen hundred and two, and in every fourth year thereafter.|
|The governor, lieutenant governor, attorney-general, state auditor, secretary of state, state treasurer, superintendent of education, commissioner of agriculture and industries, elected after the ratification of this Constitution, shall hold their respective offices for the term of four years from the first Monday after the second Tuesday in January next succeeding their election, and until their successors shall be elected and qualified.|
- See also: States with gubernatorial term limits
Alabama governors are restricted to two consecutive terms in office, after which they must wait one term before being eligible to run again.
|[The Governor] shall be eligible to succeed himself in office, but no person shall be eligible to succeed himself for more than one additional term.|
To view the electoral history dating back to 2002 for the office of Governor of Alabama, Click [show] to expand the section.
- See also: How gubernatorial vacancies are filled
In the event that the elected governor is unable to complete his term, the Lieutenant Governor of Alabama succeeds him. The lieutenant governor also becomes acting governor at any time when the elected governor is unable to discharge the office for 20 consecutive days. Because Alabama elects her governor and lieutenant governor on separate tickets, it is theoretically possible for the governorship of the state to change parties without an election occurring.
Any two other constitutional officers, excluding the individual who would succeed the governor, may also file a affidavit with the state Supreme Court declaring that the sitting governor is of unsound mind, in which case the determines whether the governor is mentally competent to exercise his office.
The governor is responsible for upholding the Alabama Constitution and executing state law. The governor also is commander-in-chief of the state's military forces (the Alabama Army National Guard and Alabama Air National Guard, which are part of the National Guard of the United States, and the Alabama State Defense Force, which is the State Defense Forces). As commander-in-chief the governor may call out the state's military forces preserve the public peace when it is not in active service of the United States.
At least once every legislative session, the governor is required to deliver an address to the state legislature, referred to as the "State of the State Address," regarding the condition and operation of the state government and to suggest new legislation.
Other duties and privileges of the office include:
- seeing that all laws of the state are faithfully executed.
- overseeing other state executive officers and agencies.
- convening extraordinary sessions of the legislature.
- presenting a budget for the state to the legislature.
- remitting fines and forfeitures and granting reprieves, paroles, commutations of sentence and pardons
- exercising a veto over bills
The governor's office includes a number of individual divisions:
- Executive Office
- Chief of Staff
- Constituent Services
The budget for the Governor's Office in Fiscal Year 2012-2013 was $1,522,187.
The governor's pay is fixed and may be raised by the Alabama legislature. In 2012, the Governor of Alabama's salary was $120,936. Article V, Section 118 of the state constitution requires that changes in compensation take effect in the term after they were passed.
|The governor, lieutenant governor, attorney-general, state auditor, secretary of state, state treasurer, superintendent of education, and commissioner of agriculture and industries, shall receive compensation to be fixed by law, which shall not be increased or diminished during the term for which they shall have been elected, and shall, except the lieutenant governor, reside at the state capital during the time they continue in office, except during epidemics.|
|List of Former
Officeholders from 1819-Present
|1||William Wyatt Bibb||1819-1820||Democratic|
|6||Samuel B. Moore||1831||Democratic|
|8||Clement Comer Clay||1835-1837||Democratic|
|10||Arthur Pendleton Baby||1837-1841||Democratic|
|12||Joshua Lanier Martin||1845-1847||Democratic|
|14||Henry Watkins Collier||1849-1853||Democratic|
|15||John Anthony Winston||1853-1857||Democratic|
|16||Andrew Barry Moore||1857-1861||Democratic|
|17||John Gill Shorter||1861-1863||Democratic|
|18||Thomas Hill Watts||1863-1865||Democratic|
|19||Lewis Eliphalet Parsons||1865||Democratic|
|20||Robert Miller Patton||1865-1867||Pre-War Whig|
|22||William Hugh Smith||1868-1870||Republican|
|23||Robert Burns Lindsay||1870-1872||Democratic|
|24||David Peter Lewis||1872-1874||Republican|
|25||George Smith Houton||1874-1878||Democratic|
|26||Rufus Wills Cobb||1878-1882||Democratic|
|27||Edward Asbury O'Neal||1882-1886||Democratic|
|29||Thomas Goode Jones||1890-1894||Democratic|
|30||William Calvin Oates||1894-1896||Democratic|
|31||Joseph Forney Johnston||1896-1900||Democratic|
|32||William Dorsey Jelks||1900||Democratic|
|33||William James Samford||1900-1901||Democratic|
|34||William Dorsey Jelks||1901-1907||Democratic|
|35||Russell McWhorter Cunningham||1904-1905||Democratic|
|36||Braxton Bragg Comer||1907-1911||Democratic|
|39||Thomas Erby Kilby||1919-1923||Democratic|
|40||William Woodward Brandon||1923-1927||Democratic|
|41||Charles Samuel Mcdowell, Jr.||1924||Democratic|
|42||David Bibb Graves||1927-1931||Democratic|
|43||Benjamin Meek Miller||1931-1935||Democratic|
|44||David Bibb Graves||1935-1939||Democratic|
|45||Frank Murray Dixon||1939-1943||Democratic|
|47||James Elisha Folsom, Sr.||1947-1951||Democratic|
|48||Seth Gordon Persons||1951-1955||Democratic|
|49||James Elisha Folsom, Sr.||1955-1959||Democratic|
|50||John Malcolm Patterson||1959-1963||Democratic|
|51||George Corley Wallace||1963-1967||Democratic|
|52||Lurleen Burns Wallace||1967-1968||Democratic|
|53||Albert Preston Brewer||1968-1971||Democratic|
|54||Geroge Corley Wallace||1971-1979||Democratic|
|56||Forrest Hood (Fob) James, Jr.||1979-1983||Democratic|
|57||George Corley Wallace||1983-1987||Democratic|
|58||Harold Guy Hunt||1987-1993||Republican|
|59||James Elisha Folsom, Jr.||1993-1995||Democratic|
|60||Forrest Hood (Fob) James, Jr.||1995-1999||Democratic|
|62||Robert Renfroe "Bob" Riley||2003-2011||Republican|
|63||Robert J. Bentley||2011-present||Republican|
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Montgomery, Alabama 36130
Phone: (334) 242-7100
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Partisan balance 1992-2013
From 1992-2013, Alabama had Democratic governors in office for 6 years while there were Republican governors in office for 16 years, including the last 11. Alabama was under Republican trifectas for the last three years of the study period.
Across the country, there were 493 years of Democratic governors (44.82%) and 586 years of Republican governors (53.27%) from 1992-2013.
Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.
SQLI and partisanship
The chart below depicts the partisanship of the Alabama state government and the state's SQLI ranking for the years studied. For the SQLI, the states were ranked from 1-50, with 1 being the best and 50 the worst. Between the years 1993-1994 and 1999-2002, Alabama had Democratic trifectas, and since 2011, Alabama has had a Republican trifecta. In every remaining year between 1992 and 2012, Alabama had a Republican governor with a Democratic legislature. In every year of the study, Alabama ranked in the bottom-10 on the SQLI ranking. Its lowest ranking occurred during the Democratic trifectas of 1999 and 2000 (46th), while the state’s highest ranking occurred during the divided government years of 2005 and 2006 (41st).
- SQLI average with Democratic trifecta: 44.33
- SQLI average with Republican trifecta: 43.50
- SQLI average with divided government: 42.83
- Project VoteSmart, "Bio of Robert Bentley," accessed July 6, 2011.
- Office of the Alabama Governor, "Staff," accessed July 6, 2011.
- Alabama Government Website "State of Alabama General Fund, 2013 FY Appropriations," Accessed March 29, 2013
- Council of State Governments, "CSG Releases 2013 Governor Salaries," June 25, 2013
- Netstate, "Former Alabama State Governors," accessed July 24, 2013
- National Governors Association, "Alabama:Past Governos Bios," accessed July 24, 2013
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