Robert J. Bentley
In 1969, during the Vietnam conflict, Governor Bentley joined the United States Air Force where he was commissioned as a captain, and served as a general medical officer. He was stationed at Pope Air Force Base at Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he became hospital commander near the end of his tenure there.
Following his military service, Governor Bentley began a three-year residency in Dermatology at the University of Alabama hospital in Birmingham. After completing his residency, The Bentley’s made Tuscaloosa their home and raised four boys. Robert and Diane are now proud grandparents of five granddaughters.
Governor Bentley has founded a number of small businesses, the most successful of which is Alabama Dermatology Associates. As President of Alabama Dermatology Associates, Governor Bentley managed the practice's growth into one of the largest dermatology practices in the Southeastern United States.
Governor Bentley was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2002 and served two terms in the State House. He declared his candidacy for Governor in 2009.
Governor Bentley ran for Governor to grow the economy and create jobs without increasing taxes or spending. He believes there should be more transparency and accountability in Alabama’s government. He is a pro-life, pro-marriage, and pro-second amendment conservative who believes in smaller and more limited government.
Robert Bentley was elected Governor of Alabama on November 2, 2010, and resigned on April 10, 2017, after pleading guilty to two misdemeanors relating to violation of state ethics laws.
Source: the Office of Governor Bentley