Alabama Welcomes Kay Ivey As Second-Ever Female Governor

Alabama welcomed its second ever female governor, Kay Ivey, on Monday after Governor Robert Bentley was arrested, pleaded guilty to charges of abusing his title after involvement with sex scandals, and resigned.

The only other woman to hold the title of governor of Alabama was Lurleen Wallace (1967-68), who took the place of her husband George Wallace as governor after he served a short stint as the state's chief executive and was prevented from running for another term, The New York Times reports.

Seventy-two-year-old Ivey is known to break down barriers. She was elected as the first Republican woman to serve as the state's lieutenant governor in 2010 and was reelected again in 2014. Her reelection made her the first Republican woman to be re-elected as the state's second highest-ranking official, Women in the World reports.

Ivey has also worked as a high school teacher, a bank officer, and as assistant director of the Alabama Development Office. She is known for reducing unemployment and after a year of Bentley's scandal, The New York Times reports, she will aim to restore order in the state's political atmosphere.

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