Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has begun her first full term as governor, promising to help build a foundation for the state's future. The 74-year-old governor was sworn into office Monday on the steps of the Alabama Capitol. Ivey used her inauguration speech to talk about coming initiatives in infrastructure and corrections. She says that if Alabama wants to compete in the 21st century, it must improve infrastructure. A proposed gas tax for road and bridge construction is expected to be debated by lawmakers this spring.
As lieutenant governor, Ivey automatically became governor in 2017 when Gov. Robert Bentley suddenly resigned. She won a full term in November after easily defeating Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox. Ivey is the state's second female governor and the first Republican to hold the position.