Robert J. Bentley
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Robert J. Bentley

Republican

53rd Governor of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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Robert J. Bentley

53rd Governor of Alabama
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Robert Julian Bentley (born February 3, 1943) is an American former politician and physician who served as the 53rd Governor of Alabama from 2011 until 2017 upon his resignation after a political scandal and subsequent arrest. A member of the Republican Party, Bentley was elected governor in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. A sex scandal involving a political aide forced Bentley to resign from office on April 10, 2017. Born in Columbiana, Alabama, Bentley earned his M.D. from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1968 and then served in the United States Air Force as a medical officer at Pope Air Force Base in Fayetteville, North Carolina from 1969 to 1975 until leaving the service as a captain. He entered private medical practice and opened a series of dermatology clinics throughout the southern United States. Bentley was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2002 and served a total of two four-year terms from 2003 to 2010. In 2010, 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, 63.6%.

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Experience

Education

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University of Alabama
Bachelor of Science
Shelby County High School
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine

Past Positions

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Governor
State of Alabama
2010 - 2017
Representative
Alabama State House of Representatives
2002 - 2010
Delegate
Republican National Convention
2008
Member
Platform Committee, Republican National Convention
2008
Founding Partner
Alabama Dermatological Associates
1974 - Current
Resident
Dermatology, University of Alabama
1974
Captain
United States Air Force, Vietnam
1969 - 1971

Other Experience

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President
Alabama Dermatology Society
1982
President
Alabama Dermatology Society
1987
Alabama Representative
American Medical Association, National Advisory Board
Board Member
Judson College
Chair
Board of Deacons, First Baptist Church Tuscaloosa
Co-Founder
Alabama Medical Education Consortium
Life Member
Vietnam Veterans of America
Member
West Alabama Chamber of Commerce
Member
Academy of Dermatology
Member
Tuscaloosa County Medical Society
Member
Alabama Wildlife Federation
Member
Advisory Board, Youth for Christ, First Baptist Church Tuscaloosa
Member
American Legion
Member
Family Counseling Advisory Board, First Baptist Church Tuscaloosa
Member
Alabama State Medical Association
Sunday School Teacher
First Baptist Church Tuscaloosa
Chair
Interstates Mining Compact Commission
Current
Chair
Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council
Current
Co-Chair
Governor's Task Force on Prescription Drug Abuse, National Governor's Association
Current
Vice Chair
Economic Development and Commerce Commission, National Governor's Association
Current
Former Chair
Southern States Energy Board
Former Chair
Appalachian Regional Commission
Former Chair
Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission
Member
State Advisory Board, Sexually Transmitted Diseases