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45 state legislators have endorsed Kay Ivey for governor

Thursday, the Kay Ivey for governor campaign announced that 45 Alabama lawmakers from across the state have endorsed Ivey.

The legislators cited her leadership in creating jobs, putting more money back in Alabamians pockets and prioritizing conservative values.

“From my experience as Lieutenant Governor, I understood and prioritized open communications between the Executive and Legislative Branch to make sure we were effectively working together for the people of Alabama,” Ivey said. “I’m proud of the relationship we’ve built and the progress we’ve made. In only one year, I signed hundreds of bills and resolutions that create more jobs, higher paychecks and improve life for the next generation of Alabamians. I am honored by these endorsements, and with the support of the people, I look forward to continuing working together with these leaders to keep Alabama working.”

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, said, “When tragedy hit our hometown, Governor Ivey prioritized the people of Jacksonville. During a particularly busy season, she made the time to tour the damaged areas and worked together with the federal government to make sure we had the resources needed to rebuild. Governor Ivey exemplifies servant leadership and she knows how to get results.”

Senator Clay Scofield, R-Guntersville, said, “Governor Ivey is a committed advocate for rural Alabamians and farmers. As a resident and senator of a rural area, I especially appreciate Governor Ivey’s efforts to grow the economy, expand health care, and improve education in every corner of the state.”

State Representative Reed Ingram, R-Montgomery, said, “Governor Ivey and I share a mutual goal of helping Alabamians keep more of their hard-earned money. In less than a year in office, Governor Ivey made this a reality by signing the largest middle class tax cut in a decade. I am especially grateful for her support and leadership on this important issue.”

State Representative Terri Collins, R-Decatur, said, “As a fellow member of the National Pro-Life Women’s Caucus, I am grateful Alabama is being led by a woman who believes that every life is precious and champions efforts to protect the unborn on both the state and national level.”

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In the Alabama State Senate, Ivey has been publicly endorsed by Senators: Greg Albritton, Clyde Chambliss, Jimmy Holley, Del Marsh, Jim McClendon, Tim Melson, Arthur Orr, Greg Reed, Paul Sanford, Clay Scofield, James “Jabo” Waggoner, Cam Ward, and Phil Williams.

In the Alabama House of Representatives, Ivey has been endorsed by Representatives: Alan Baker, Chris Blackshear, Alan Booth, K.L. Brown, Donnie Chesteen, Steve Clouse, Terri Collins, Danny Crawford, Corley Ellis, David Faulkner, Joe Faust, Bob Fincher, Danny Garrett, Lynn Greer, Alan Harper, Steve Hurst, Reed Ingram, Ken Johnson, Nathaniel Ledbetter, Paul Lee, Joe Lovvorn, Steve McMillan, Becky Nordgren, Phillip Pettus, Bill Poole, Chris Pringle, Kerry Rich, Chris Sells, Randall Shedd, David Standridge, Allen Treadaway, and Randy Wood.

Ivey grew up on a cattle farm in rural Wilcox County. She graduated from Auburn University and became a school teacher. She spent decades working in state government.

She is a former state Treasurer.

In 2010 Ivey unseated incumbent Lieutenant Governor Jim Folsom and was easily re-elected in 2014. In April 2017 Ivey became Governor after Gov. Robert Bentley resigned,

Ivey faces a crowded GOP primary field that includes: Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, evangelist Scott Dawson, and state Senator Bill Hightower.

The major party primaries will be on June 5.

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Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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