Kay Ivey sworn in as 54th Governor of Alabama following Bentley resignation

Gov. Kay Ivey. (Source: Lieutenant Governor's Office)
Gov. Kay Ivey. (Source: Lieutenant Governor's Office)
(Source: Robert Bentley/Twitter)
(Source: Robert Bentley/Twitter)
(Source: WTVM)
(Source: WTVM)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WTVM) – Kay Ivey was sworn in as the 54th Governor of the State of Alabama in the Old Senate Chamber in the Alabama State Capitol by Acting Chief Justice Lyn Stuart.

In wake of Bentley's resignation, there will be no Lieutenant Governor for the time being. We do not yet know if there will be a special election to fill that seat. In the meantime, Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh will take over responsibilities of Lieutenant Governor.

Governor Ivey made the following remarks after being sworn in:

"Today is both a dark day for Alabama yet also one of opportunity. I ask for your help and patience as we together steady the Ship of State and improve Alabama's image. Those are my first priorities as your 54th Governor.

Alabama's 53rd Governor, Robert Bentley, has resigned from office amidst allegations he covered up an affair with an aide.

In addition, Bentley pleads guilty to misdemeanor charges instead of felony charges in relation to those allegations.

Multiple sources with knowledge of discussions said earlier Monday an agreement had been reached for Gov. Bentley to resign from office.

Bentley is also facing several lawsuits, an investigation by the attorney general's office and possible ethics violations.

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