Robert J. Bentley
American politician, governor of Alabama
Robert J. Bentley
Robert Julian Bentley is an American politician, medical doctor, and the 53rd and current Governor of Alabama. He assumed the governorship on January 17, 2011, having defeated Democrat Ron Sparks, the outgoing Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture, in the 2010 Alabama gubernatorial election. Bentley received just over 58% of the statewide vote and won by a margin of over 230,000 votes.
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Alabama's new governor orders speedier election to fill Senate seat
Yahoo News - 6 days
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday moved up to December the election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions after he was named attorney general, saying that the original plan to hold the election in late 2018 was not soon enough to meet state law. Ivey last week replaced fellow Republican Robert Bentley as governor after he resigned amid impeachment proceedings in the legislature. Bentley had appointed Republican Luther Strange in February to fill the seat Sessions held before joining President Donald Trump's cabinet.
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Friday Talking Points -- Trump Advisor Apologizes Without Getting Fired!
Huffington Post - 10 days
This week saw some history made in the Trump White House. For the first time (at least in our memory), a White House top aide actually apologized for saying something stupid. So far, being Donald Trump (or being a Trump spokesperson) has meant never having to say you're sorry over any idiocy that gets said or tweeted, but this week saw Sean Spicer being forced to apologize for apparently forgetting about that whole Holocaust thing. While defending Adolf Hitler, on the first day of Passover, no less. While there were loud cries for Spicer to be fired over the idiocy that came out of his mouth, and while Trump famously doesn't think anyone should ever apologize for anything, it looks like Spicer's job is safe for the time being. This proves that apologizing will not automatically get you fired by Trump, which is why it is such a historic milestone. Perhaps others will learn a lesson from this episode? One can only hope. Spicer was trying to justify attacking Syria when he cam ...
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Ex-Alabama governor: State "needed to be relieved" from sex scandal
CBS News - 10 days
In his first remarks since resigning, Gov. Robert Bentley says he plans to go back to practicing medicine and teaching
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Breaking down former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's alleged affair saga
ABC News - 13 days
Former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley resigned Monday after facing impeachment over the alleged affair.
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Ala. Gov. Bentley Agrees To Plea Deal And Resigns Amid Scandal
NPR - 14 days
After a year of fighting allegations he misused his office to cover up an affair with a top political aid, two-term Republican Gov. Robert Bentley reached a plea deal that led to his resignation.
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Robert Bentley, Alabama Governor, Resigns Amid Scandal - New York Times
Google News - 14 days
New York Times Robert Bentley, Alabama Governor, Resigns Amid Scandal New York Times Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama before a news conference on Friday outside the State Capitol in Montgomery. He has said he did not break the law. Credit Albert Cesare/The Montgomery Advertiser, via Associated Press. MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Gov. Robert ... Alabama governor resigns, pleads guilty to charges tied to allegations he tried to cover up affair with a top aideWashington Post 5 things you need to know TuesdayUSA TODAY Alabama 'Love Gov' Robert Bentley Resigns to Avoid ImpeachmentNBCNews.com New York Daily News -Yahoo News -U.S. News & World Report -BuzzFeed News all 504 news articles »
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Robert Bentley, Alabama Governor, Resigns Amid Scandal
New York Times - 14 days
The governor had been facing impeachment proceedings over his relationship with a longtime aide and his attempts to cover it up.
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Alabama governor, facing possible impeachment, to resign: lawmaker
Yahoo News - 14 days
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has agreed to resign on Monday as a legislative panel suspended a hearing that could have led to his impeachment on accusations stemming from his relationship with a former adviser, a state representative said. Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey will replace Bentley, 74, Alabama House Representative Ed Henry told reporters. Henry is the vice chairman of the house ethics and campaign finance committee, which issued the report saying the governor probably violated the law.
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Alabama Governor Loses Bid to Block Impeachment
Wall Street Journal - 14 days
The Alabama Supreme Court said impeachment hearings can proceed against Gov. Robert Bentley, who is fighting to stay in office amid fallout from an alleged affair with a former aide.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Robert J. Bentley
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 73
    Ed Henry originally had 10 co-sponsors for his impeachment resolution, on April 28 he announced that he had obtained a total of 23 signatures on his impeachment resolution, which was sufficient to file impeachment articles under the new procedures., the House Judiciary Committee did not expect to start impeachment hearings until at least June 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Bentley and his former wife Dianne have four sons and six granddaughters (Anna Claire, Mary Boyd, Katie, Taylor, Caroline, and Avery Blair) and one grandson named Hayden. He was an active member of First Baptist Church Tuscaloosa where he served as a deacon and a Sunday School teacher. At FBC Tuscaloosa, he has been the chairman of the board of deacons four times and a member of the Youth for Christ advisory board as well as the Family Counseling advisory board. As governor, he serves on the board of trustees for the colleges and universities of Alabama. He is also on the board of trustees of the Alabama Medical Education Consortium, which he helped to found. Bentley was the 2009 recipient of the Christian Coalition of Alabama’s Statesmanship Award.
    On April 5, 2016, Henry announced that he had filed an impeachment resolution against Bentley.
    More Details Hide Details At the time of Henry's announcement, it was reported that the resolution would be referred to the legislature's House Rules Committee for review and further action. At the time the impeachment resolution was filed against Bentley, the Alabama Constitution authorized impeachment proceedings against the governor, but the state legislature had no impeachment procedures in place. On April 26, 2016, the state House of Representatives adopted a rule setting up impeachment procedures; the rule requires the signatures of at least 21 legislators to start impeachment proceedings in the legislature's House Judiciary Committee. While Rep.
    On April 5, 2016, Republican State Representative Ed Henry filed an impeachment resolution against Bentley in the State Legislature, in connection with allegations that Bentley engaged in an extramarital affair with a female political adviser.
    More Details Hide Details Bentley has admitted to making inappropriate remarks toward the woman, but denied having a physical affair., the House Judiciary Committee named attorney Jackson Sharman of Lightfoot Franklin White LLC as special counsel to lead the investigation into the impeachment charges against the governor. Bentley is a native of Columbiana, Alabama, in Shelby County. His parents, Mattie Boyd (née Vick) and David Harford Bentley, did not complete school past junior high. Bentley's father was a sawmill worker who voted with the Populist Republicans, a splinter branch of the Republican Party formed by refugees of the state's defunct populist movement. At one point, Bentley lived in a house with no electricity or running water.
    On March 22, 2016, Bentley fired Alabama Law Enforcement Agency secretary Spencer Collier, citing misuse of state funds under Collier.
    More Details Hide Details An independent state audit found no issues with the agency. Following his firing, Collier alleged that Bentley had engaged in an extramarital affair with his senior political adviser, Rebekah Caldwell Mason. Collier stated in a press conference the following day that he had seen sexually-charged texts between Bentley and Mason and heard audio recordings of conversations between the two. On March 23, AL.com released an audio recording purportedly created by the Bentley family in order to determine whether Gov. Bentley was engaged in an inappropriate relationship. In the recording, Bentley stated to a woman he called "Rebekah" that he "worried about loving you so much" and that "when I stand behind you, and I put my arms around you, and I put my hands on your breasts and just pull you real close. I love that, too." At a press conference that day, Bentley apologized for the comments but denied having an affair and stated that his relationship with Mason had not been sexual. Bentley admitted that he had made a mistake by saying "inappropriate things" to Mason, and apologized to Mason and her family and to the people of Alabama.
    For the United States presidential election in 2016 Bentley endorsed fellow Republican John Kasich.
    More Details Hide Details During his time in Montgomery he served on the Education Appropriations Committee, the Boards and Commissions Committee, the Agriculture and Forestry Committee, and was a member of the Tuscaloosa County Legislative Delegation. He also served as the Vice-Chairman of the Internal Affairs Committee.
  • 2015
    Age 72
    Records of the divorce case between Gov. Robert Bentley and First Lady Dianne Bentley were sealed, per a ruling on August 31, 2015, by County Circuit Judge Elizabeth Hamner. Governor Bentley appointed Tuscaloosa County Circuit Judge Elizabeth Hamner, to the bench and her current position in 2011. The divorce was finalized on September 29, 2015.
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    In August 2015, Dianne Bentley filed to divorce Gov. Bentley, saying there had been an "irretrievable breakdown" in their marriage and that further attempts at reconciliation were impossible.
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  • 2014
    Age 71
    On July 22, 2014, Bentley, along with several other Republican governors, sent a letter to President Barack Obama, expressing their concern about the handling of the 2014 illegal immigration surge crisis.
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  • 2013
    Age 70
    In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journal looking at 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation record, Bentley was ranked at number 36 (tied). The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details 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. According to his official website, in Bentley's first three years in office, Alabama gained nearly 60,000 jobs, and in addition, Governor Bentley had recruited over 55,000 new, future jobs. In June 2011, Bentley signed into law Alabama HB 56, an anti-illegal immigration law which was considered to be the toughest of such in the United States.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Bentley promised the people of Alabama that he would not accept a salary until the state unemployment level reached 5.2%. As of January 2015, Bentley has not accepted a gubernatorial salary.
  • 2010
    Age 67
    In the June 1, 2010 primary race, Bentley surprised political analysts by finishing second ahead of Tim James to reach a runoff election with Bradley Byrne.
    More Details Hide Details One of James' supporters, former U.S. Representative Sonny Callahan, endorsed Bentley in the runoff. In the July 13 run-off election, Bentley defeated Byrne by a 56%-44% margin to claim the Republican nomination for Governor. Bentley has stated he does not approve of gambling in the State of Alabama, but supports a referendum for its citizens to vote on whether to approve its legality. In the general election held on November 4, 2014, Bentley won re-election easily against Democratic candidate Parker Griffith, gathering almost twice the votes of his rival at 63% to 36%. In 2014, Bentley won the largest percentage of the vote of any modern-day Republican governor in Alabama. Bentley won the largest percentage of the vote that any Republican gubernatorial candidate had received in modern Alabama history.
    A member of the Republican Party, Bentley was elected Governor in 2010 and reelected in 2014, having been sworn in as Governor once again on January 19, 2015.
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  • 2008
    Age 65
    In 2008, Bentley was elected as a Republican Presidential Delegate for Mike Huckabee.
    More Details Hide Details At the Republican National Convention he represented Alabama on the Republican Platform Committee.
  • 2006
    Age 63
    In 2006 Bentley ran unopposed for re-election to the State House.
    More Details Hide Details In the Alabama House of Representatives, Bentley made it a priority to train primary care health care providers and to increase organ donation. He is responsible for two major revisions of Alabama’s organ donor laws: one specific to corneas and the other reinforcing the rights of organ donors by making it difficult to challenge their decisions. Bentley helped establish the Alabama Medical Educational Consortium. His efforts included work on legislation to expand scholarships for medical training. Questions were raised by Sparks camp during the gubernatorial campaign as to whether Bentley's son, while in medical school, benefited from his father's involvement with the consortium. Bentley is opposed to increasing taxes. He has signed the No New Taxes Pledge by the Americans for Tax Reform. In April 2010, Bentley's self-drafted Reemployment Act of 2010 won unanimous approval in both houses of the Alabama State Legislature, and was signed by Governor Bob Riley on April 22.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2002
    Age 59
    In 2002 Bentley was elected to the Alabama State House of Representatives from Tuscaloosa County with almost 65% of the vote.
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    Bentley was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2002 and served a total of two four-year terms from 2002 to 2010.
    More Details Hide Details After term-limited Governor Bob Riley could not seek reelection, Bentley announced his intentions to run for the Republican nomination for Governor. Bentley won in a seven candidate primary and faced Democrat Ron Sparks, the outgoing Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture, in the general election. Bentley received just over 58% of the statewide vote and won by a margin of over 230,000 votes—the largest margin recorded for a Republican in an open-seat race in Alabama history. In 2014, Bentley won re-election, winning the largest percentage of the vote that any Republican gubernatorial candidate had received in modern Alabama history.
  • 1998
    Age 55
    In 1998, Bentley ran for the Alabama State Senate as a Republican against incumbent Democrat Phil Poole, losing by fifty-eight votes.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1969
    Age 26
    Bentley joined the United States Air Force in 1969 as a captain.
    More Details Hide Details He served as a general medical officer at Pope Air Force Base in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He served as an interim hospital commander for 90 days near the end of his tenure. Following his military service, Bentley began a three-year residency at the University of Alabama in dermatology. He then opened his dermatology practice in Tuscaloosa. He founded a number of small businesses, the most successful of which is Alabama Dermatology Associates. As President of Alabama Dermatology Associates, Bentley managed the practice’s growth into one of the largest dermatology practices in the Southeastern United States. Bentley is a board certified dermatologist, and he served two terms as President of the Alabama Dermatology Society. He has also been named to "Best Doctors in America," selected by his peers. Bentley is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and the Medical Association of Alabama.
    Born in Columbiana, Alabama, Bentley served in the United States Air Force as general medical officer at Pope Air Force Base in Fayetteville, North Carolina from 1969 to 1975, leaving with the rank of a Captain.
    More Details Hide Details He earned his M.D. from the University of Alabama School of Medicine before entering private practice and opening a series of dermatology clinics throughout the southern United States.
  • 1968
    Age 25
    He graduated with his M.D. in 1968 and began his one-year internship at Carraway Methodist Hospital in Birmingham.
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  • 1965
    Age 22
    They were married on July 24, 1965.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1961
    Age 18
    Bentley grew up in Columbiana, where he was a member of Shelby County High School's 1961 state championship debate team, and he became student body president in his senior year of high school.
    More Details Hide Details After graduating from Shelby County High School at the top of his class, Bentley enrolled at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. While at Alabama, Bentley majored in Chemistry and Biology and graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in three years. From an early age, Robert Bentley wanted to become a physician. After graduating from UA, he began his studies at The University of Alabama School of Medicine. During his first year of medical school, he met Martha Dianne Jones of Montgomery.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1943
    Age 0
    Born on February 3, 1943.
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