Robert J. Bentley
|Robert J. Bentley|
|Governor of Alabama|
|January 17, 2011 - Present|
|January 19, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Predecessor||Bob Riley (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|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|
|Birthday||February 3, 1943|
|Place of birth||Columbiana, Alabama|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Personal
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 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, going on to defeat him in the runoff.
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 April 2013 he has not accepted a salary.
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."
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)
Bentley has served as Governor of Alabama since January 17, 2011.
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 looking at 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation record, 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.
Bentley voted for Rick Santorum in the 2012 Republican primary but insisted it was not an endorsement.
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 provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.
- See also: Alabama gubernatorial election, 2014
Bentley announced on April 9, 2013 that he ran for re-election as governor in 2014. The Republican primary takes place June 3.The general election took place November 4, 2014.
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% of the vote, effectively defeating Byrne. He faced Democrat Ron Sparks in the November 2, 2010 general election, winning by 17 points.
- 2012 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 run-off. 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.
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|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 Opponent||$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|
Bentley and his wife of 47 years, Dianne, have four sons - Paul, John Mark, Luke, Matthew - and six granddaughters.
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- Office of the Governor, "Governor Robert Bentley," accessed October 4, 2012
- The Birmingham News, "Alabama's Robert Bentley looks to 2014 governor race," June 3, 2012
- 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
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Bentley
- New York Times, "In State Governments, Signs of a Healthier G.O.P.," April 16, 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
- 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
- 2006 election results, Alabama
- Alabama House spending, 2006
- Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Robert Bentley," accessed June 3, 2013
- Follow the Money.org
|Alabama House of Representatives District 63
| Succeeded by|
Bill Poole (R)
Bob Riley (R)
|Governor of Alabama
| Succeeded by|
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