Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey announces re-election campaign

Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey

Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey

Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey formally announced the start of her re-election campaign for lieutenant governor Thursday, saying she was “pleased” with what had been accomplished in her three years presiding over the State Senate.

“I am hopeful that I have earned the trust of the good people of Alabama and that they will see fit to reelect me as their Lt. Governor in 2014,” Ivey said in a statement.

Ivey, who previously served two terms as State Treasurer, narrowly defeated then-Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom, Jr. in 2010.  Ivey had initially sought the nomination for governor that year.

Once a powerful position, most of the traditional responsibilities of the office were taken away in 1999 by then-majority Democrats in the Senate Democrats, after a lengthy stand-off with then-Lt. Gov. Steve Windom, the first Republican to hold the office since Reconstruction.  Democrats transferred the powers of the office to the Senate President Pro Tem; Republicans have maintained the arrangement.

The lieutenant governor still presides over the body and makes rulings on parliamentary procedures.

During the contentious 2013 Regular Session, Democrats accused Ivey of favoring majority Republicans in her rulings from the chair.  Ivey says she has followed the rules of procedure in the chamber and enforced them fairly.

“She is very experienced with procedure, mastery of Alabama statutes, and traditions of the Senate,” said Senate Majority Leader Jabo Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills, in the statement.

No Democrats have announced their candidacy for the office.

– posted by Brian Lyman

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