In the midst of a rocky time for Alabama, Kay Ivey was sworn in as the 54th Governor of the State of Alabama on April 10, 2017, and tapped with steadying the ship of state.
Kay wasted no time. She got to work cleaning up Montgomery and restoring the people’s trust in government. That’s because Kay is a conservative fighter, whose life has prepared her to lead our state toward more jobs, bigger paychecks, and better schools for all Alabamians.
“…Kay is a conservative fighter…”
She grew up working the family farm in Wilcox County. That’s where Kay learned to put in a hard day’s work, to live within her means, to have faith, and to support family and community.
“Kay learned to put in a hard day’s work, to live within her means, to have faith, and to support family and community.”
These values took her to Auburn University and then on to become a school teacher. And those same values carried her to life as a public servant working to improve the lives of her neighbors.
Kay was elected Treasurer in 2002, a post she used to implement conservative budgeting principles. Her office cut spending and protected every dollar of taxpayer money.
“Kay cut spending and protected every dollar of taxpayer money.”
She then won a hard-fought battle against an entrenched Democrat Lieutenant Governor incumbent in 2010, becoming the first Republican woman to hold the office in Alabama’s history. Kay made history again by becoming the first Republican re-elected to the office.
She has led the fight to shrink government, save taxpayers’ money, and create good-paying jobs. And already this year, Kay has signed the largest tax relief in more than a decade, 40,000 more Alabamians are working and unemployment is a full percentage point lower than it was last year.
“…40,000 more Alabamians are working and unemployment is full percentage point lower…”
But she’s far from done.
Kay will never stop fighting for more jobs and bigger paychecks for all Alabamians. She’s also committed to improving Alabama’s schools. As a teacher, she’s seen what can happen when a student gets a strong start. That’s why she has launched a new education plan that focuses on strengthening early childhood education, training middle and high school students in computer science, and makes sure our students and adults have the training they need to get a job. She believes in her bones that every child in Alabama deserves a quality education and the opportunity to live out their American dream.
“…every child in Alabama deserves a quality education and the opportunity to live out their American dream.”
Kay accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior when she was a teenager. Today she is a devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Montgomery, the Montgomery Rotary Club, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery YMCA.
We have a lot of work ahead to continue building the Alabama the next generation deserves. And Kay knows it won’t be easy.
But that’s what her lifetime of work has prepared for.
She’s our conservative fighter—and she’s going to win for Alabama.